siSwatiShow more siSwati: from either siSwati the siSwati language, or emaSwati (the) Swazis (singular liSwati), both formed on the name of umSwati, a leader who consolidated the Swazi peoples during the 1840s.
Swazi (the Zulu name for this people and their language) is the usual form in South African English.
2.rare.Plural amaSwati. [In siSwati the plural prefix is ema- (the form ama- being Zulu).]In the plural :The Swazis (see Swazinoun sense 1 a). Also attributive.
1977World 28 Sept. 7The Soweto tycoon appointed chief of the Amaswati on the Witwatersrand last week...Among the Amaswati chiefs present were: Paramount Chief Jakonia Tshabalala and the Swazi chief of the Orange Free State, Chief Paulos Tshabalala.
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