Definition of Mossi in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmäsē/ /ˈmɑsi/

nounMossi, Mossis

  • A member of a people of Burkina Faso in West Africa.

    ‘Roy knew far less than I did about the Mossi of Burkina Faso when I defended my dissertation in 1979.’
    • ‘Until the end of the 19th century, the history of Burkina Faso was dominated by the empire-building Mossi.’
    • ‘All Mossi prefer death to humiliation, and so when he was sent a poison arrow and a rope by the Minister of the Interior, he immediately chose to prick his own thigh with the arrow (as opposed to being hanged).’


  • Relating to the Mossi people.

    ‘The French administered the area indirectly through Mossi authorities until independence was achieved on August 5, 1960.’
    • ‘Even so, Mossi culture shows Muslim influences.’
    • ‘Before French colonization in the 19th century the region was ruled by a number of Mossi states.’
    • ‘At his funeral, Mossi men dance with calabash rattles.’
    • ‘Thus, the issuing of the postage stamp portraying Moro Naba Sagha in 1957 was one more attempt by the French to buy the influence of the Mossi chief in order to perpetuate colonial rule.’
    • ‘Mossi society differentiates between aristocrats, commoners, and slaves or captives (Yemse).’
    • ‘Northern Mossi kingdoms date back to the thirteenth century.’
    • ‘Their four sons divided the Mossi nation between them.’


The name in More.