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Sesotho, noun

Forms:
α. Sesuto, Se-SutoShow more Sesuto, Se-Suto, Sesutu, Sisuto, Susuto;
β. Sesotho, siSotho.
Origin:
SothoShow more From Sotho seSotho, noun class prefix se- + Sotho, see Sotho.
1. South(ern) Sotho, see Sotho sense 2 c. 2. Sotho sense 2 b. Also attributive.
Note:
For a time ‘Sesotho’ was used to designate all the Sotho languages. It is now officially used only of the southern Sotho languages (but in popular usage might refer to the northern languages as well).
α.
1846 J.C. Brown tr. of T. Arbousset’s Narr. of Explor. Tour to N.-E. of Col. 251I spoke Sesuto, a dialect which the chief of the place..also understood.
1991 O. Musi in Drum Dec. 18There are those whites who, because they have picked up a smattering of Zulu or say Sesuto, mostly consisting of vulgar expressions, portray themselves as ‘experts on the Native’.
β.
1950 T.J. Kriel New Sesotho-English Dict. (Preface)Dr. Eiselen..asked him..to provide a Northern Sesotho-English Dictionary.
1984 N.S. Ndebele in Staffrider Vol.6 No.1, 43A lot of fiction in the African languages, Zulu or Sesotho, for example, is set in the rural areas.
South(ern) Sotho, see Sotho2 c.
Sotho2 b. Also attributive.

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