Setswana, noun

Forms:
α. se-Chuana, SechuanaShow more se-Chuana, Sechuana, Sechwana, Secwana, Sichuana, Sitchuana;
β. Setsoana, Setswana.
Origin:
seTswana, Show more seTswana seTswana, noun prefix se- + tswana see Motswana; the α forms perhaps represent an obsolete seTswana pronunciation of the word.
The language of the Tswana people, spoken mainly in the North West Province and in Botswana; Bechuana sense 2; Chuana sense 2; Tswana sense 1. Also attributive.
Note:
Also occasionally called Western Sotho. With Northern Sotho (or sePedi) and Southern Sotho (or seSotho), seTswana is one of the three main Sotho-Tswana languages. See also Sotho sense 2.
α.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 295The Bachapins call this language the Sichuána.
1965 J.D. Jones in Setswana Dict. (1982) p.viThe Secwana language has several dialects.
β.
1941 E.H.S. Motlemekoane in Bantu World 25 Jan. (Suppl.) 1I cannot see why Southern Suto, Setsoana and Sepedi should be considered unifiable, whereas Xhosa and Zulu aren’t.
1990 Weekly Mail 11 May 6Her many years of exile in Europe did not prevent her from addressing the people in impeccable Setswana.
The language of the Tswana people, spoken mainly in the North West Province and in Botswana; Bechuana2; Chuana2; Tswana1. Also attributive.

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