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This Web site is a dictionary of some Swahili words used in the English language, each with a literal or Swahili meaning, English definition and sometimes actual sample sentence(s) from literature and the Internet.
If you ever see the term Kiswahili, that is not another language; it is simply the Swahili word for Swahili.
Of course there are not as many Swahili loanwords in English as there are, for example, German loanwords.
I have begun with the best-known Swahili word: safari.
If anybody knows any other Swahili words used in English, please let me know.
The entries in this online dictionary may sometimes have alternate definitions which are not given here.
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