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Hausa definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a member of a Negroid people living chiefly in northern Nigeria [syn: Hausa, Haussa]
2: the chief member of the Chadic family of Afroasiatic languages; widely used as a trading language [syn: Hausa, Haussa]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural Hausa or Hausas) Etymology: Hausa Haus? Date: 1853 1. the Chadic language of the Hausa people widely used in western Africa as a trade language 2. a member of a black people of northern Nigeria and southern Niger

Britannica Concise

People of NW Nigeria and S Niger who speak the Hausa language. The Hausa, numbering 30 million, are the largest ethnic group in the area. In the mid-14th cent. a confederation of Hausa states was formed, influenced by the spread of Islam from the kingdom of Mali. Hausa society has traditionally been organized on a feudal basis. The head of an emirate is surrounded by titled officeholders who hold villages as fiefs, from which their agents collect taxes. The economy has traditionally rested on agriculture, though craftwork and trade are also important. Hausa society is markedly hierarchical; the ranking, both of offices and social classes, is expressed in an elaborate etiquette. See also Fulani.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. (pl. same or Hausas) 1 a a people of W. Africa and the Sudan. b a member of this people. 2 the Hamitic language of this people, widely used in W. Africa. --adj. of or relating to this people or language. Etymology: native name



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