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Over the course of my life, I have made many transitions - most of them taking me further away from my Somali roots and steadily toward the enlightened mentality of Western democracy.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Meaning of "Somali" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SOMALI

Somali  [səʊˈmɑːlɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SOMALI

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Somali can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES SOMALI MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Somali

Somali may refer to: ▪ anything related to the Somali people or Somalia ▪ Somaliland, a region in northwestern Somalia ▪ Somali Region, in Ethiopia ▪ Somali language, an Afro-Asiatic language ▪ Somali dialects, variants of the Somali language ▪ Somali cuisine, traditional cuisine ▪ Somali art, traditional art ▪ Somali mythology, traditional mythology ▪ Somali, a cat breed ▪ HMS Somali, the British destroyer...

Definition of Somali in the English dictionary

The first definition of Somali in the dictionary is -lis, -li. a member of a tall dark-skinned people inhabiting Somalia. Other definition of Somali is the language of this people, belonging to the Cushitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. Somali is also of, relating to, or characteristic of Somalia, the Somalis, or their language.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SOMALI


Bali
ˈbɑːlɪ
barley
ˈbɑːlɪ
Charley
ˈtʃɑːlɪ
charlie
ˈtʃɑːlɪ
Dali
ˈdɑːlɪ
Denali
dɪˈnɑːlɪ
Diwali
dɪˈwɑːlɪ
finale
fɪˈnɑːlɪ
Ghazali
ˈɡɑːzˌɑːlɪ
gnarly
ˈnɑːlɪ
Harley
ˈhɑːlɪ
Kigali
kɪˈɡɑːlɪ
Mali
ˈmɑːlɪ
Marley
ˈmɑːlɪ
marly
ˈmɑːlɪ
Mexicali
ˌmɛksɪˈkɑːlɪ
Pali
ˈpɑːlɪ
quale
ˈkwɑːlɪ
tamale
təˈmɑːlɪ
wali
ˈwɑːlɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SOMALI

Solway Firth
Solyman
Solyom
Solzhenitsyn
som
Som.
SOM1
soma
somaesthesia
somaesthesis
somaesthetic
Somali cat
Somalia
Somalian
Somaliland

WORDS THAT END LIKE SOMALI

alkali
argali
astragali
Bengali
Cali
Divali
equali
hallali
kali
Kathakali
Malayali
Nepali
Rub` al Khali
Svengali
tali
thali
Ucayali
ugali
urali
vali

Synonyms and antonyms of Somali in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «Somali» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SOMALI

Find out the translation of Somali to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of Somali from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «Somali» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

索马里的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

somalí
570 millions of speakers

English

Somali
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सोमाली
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

صُومَالِيّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

сомалийский
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

somali
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সোমালী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

somalien
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Somali
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

somalisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ソマリアの
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

소말리아의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Somali
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thuộc nước/người/tiếng Somali
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சோமாலி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सोमाली
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Somalili
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

somalo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

somalijski
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

сомалійський
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

somalez
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σομαλικός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Somali
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

somalisk
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

somalisk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of Somali

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SOMALI»

The term «Somali» is very widely used and occupies the 12.761 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SOMALI» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «Somali» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «Somali» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about Somali

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10 QUOTES WITH «SOMALI»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word Somali.
1
Barkhad Abdi
I don't see myself only as a Somali character. I think of myself as an actor, and if the job fits me and I like the story, I will go for it.
2
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Over the course of my life, I have made many transitions - most of them taking me further away from my Somali roots and steadily toward the enlightened mentality of Western democracy.
3
Jan Egeland
I think now, we in the international community are belatedly wanting to show our solidarity with the Somali peoples and also do our best to help them move to better times.
4
Jan Egeland
We need better coordination on the international side, just as they need better and more effective efforts on the Somali side. We have too many reconstruction and development assistance plans.
5
Jim Fowler
Somali is turning into a desert. Rwanda, you can hardly find a place to plant a potato, it's so crowded.
6
Cutter Hodierne
I think the guys who are sort of infantry in Somali piracy are not unlike low-level drug dealers in urban areas in America, who see it as, you know, not having many other options. I think it comes down to money and needing to survive.
7
Amanda Lindhout
Hamdi Ulukaya and Chobani have made the decision to feed 250,000 victims of the Somali famine. Their compassion speaks for itself, and is a shining example of how the business community can have an enormous positive impact on the world.
8
Peter Middlebrook
The risks of piracy spreading beyond the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, off the Somali coast, and in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore and beyond are substantial.
9
Brendan Sexton III
The film 'Black Hawk Down' paints the Somali people as wild savages.
10
Wilbur Smith
I used to own an island in the Seychelles and had a big boat there and one day I came across some Somali pirates who were passing by on their way to re-provision their boat. They didn't even acknowledge me - which is unheard of among sailors - and it was like looking into the eyes of a black mamba.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SOMALI»

Discover the use of Somali in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to Somali and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Somali-English, English-Somali Dictionary and Phrasebook
This book is very helpful for travellers to Somalia. Included in the book are vocabulary sections, a phrasebook, pronunciation, and a brief outline of the language's grammar rules and information on local culture.
Nicholas Awde, Martin Orwin, Cabdulqaadir Xaaji Cali Xaaji Axmed, 1999
2
Colloquial Somali
Colloquial Somali Is specially written by an experienced teacher for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Somali.
Martin Orwin, 2012
3
A Dictionary of Somali Verbs in Everyday Contexts
A dictionary of Somali verbs in everyday contexts The Somali-English dictionary of verbs is the first of its kind for learners of Somali as a second language.
Liban A. Ahmad, 2012
4
Somali
This book provides a comprehensive description of the grammar of the language that will be of interest to non-specialists and linguists interested in typology and language comparison.
John I. Saeed, 1999
5
Muslims in the Diaspora: The Somali Communities of London ...
Explores the balancing act of living as a Muslim in the west.
Rima Berns McGown, 1999
6
An Anthology of Somali poetry
When Sir Richard Burton visited Somalia in 1854 he was immediately impressed by the inhabitantsÕ love of poetry.
B. W. Andrzejewski, Sheila Andrzejewski, 1993
7
Politics, Language, and Thought: The Somali Experience
It was hoped that this choice would foster political equality and strengthen the national culture. Politics, Language, and Thought is an exploration of how language and politics interrelate in the Somali Republic.
David D. Laitin, 1977
8
The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture
Heather Marie Akou mines politics and history in this rich and compelling study of Somali material culture.
Heather Marie Akou, 2011
9
English-Somali, Somali-English Dictionary
This is a new and fully updated edition of the dictionary, offers over 430 pages of definitions.
Mohamud Korshel, 2007
10
A Grammar of the Somali Language: With Examples in Prose and ...
A practical grammar and vocabulary, published in 1905, with appendices on Somali literature and the dialects of separate tribes.
J. W. C. Kirk, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SOMALI»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term Somali is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Somali piracy threat in the Indian Ocean - a timeline
November 11, 2008 - Two suspected Somali pirates were killed when a Royal Navy warship came to the rescue of a Danish vessel which was being attacked. «Telegraph.co.uk, Oct 09»
2
Somali-Canadian Rapper K'naan on Journey from Civil War …
K'naan, Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist who was born in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and moved as a young boy to New York and then Toronto to escape ... «Democracy Now, Aug 09»
3
A Call to Jihad, Answered in America
More than 20 young Somali-Americans, many of them raised in Minneapolis, left ... Most of the men are Somali refugees who left the Twin Cities of Minneapolis ... «New York Times, Jul 09»
4
US Sends Weapons to Help Somali Government Repel Rebels Tied …
The United States has sent a shipment of weapons and ammunition to the government of Somalia, according to a U.S. official who said the move signals the ... «Washington Post, Jun 09»
5
Refugees had posed security concern ahead of Obama inauguration
Fearing the next terror attack could emerge from America's growing Somali refugee population, federal authorities have stepped up surveillance in Somali ... «WND.com, May 09»
6
Somali 'pirate' pleads not guilty
A Somali man arrested after a US captain was kidnapped has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges in a New York court, including piracy. Abde Wale Abdul Kadhir ... «BBC News, May 09»
7
Somali justice - Islamist-style
The dusty streets of Kismayo in Somalia echoed to the sound of a vehicle with loudspeakers summoning residents to a new form of public "entertainment" earlier ... «BBC News, May 09»
8
Members of al-Shabab, a group fighting government forces in …
The Somali government has been losing ground in recent weeks and now controls little more than the centre of the capital, with the support of African Union ... «BBC News, May 09»
9
Somali pirates nabbed trying to attack French Navy - by accident
Somali pirates nabbed trying to attack French Navy - by accident ... criminals" lists circulating online, Somali pirates mistook a French naval ship for a commercial ... «Christian Science Monitor, May 09»
10
Cruise ship opens fire to beat back Somali pirates
Part of the vessel was slightly damaged during the raid, in the Indian Ocean 200 miles north of the Seychelles and about 500 miles east of the Somali coast. «Telegraph.co.uk, Apr 09»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Somali [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/somali>. Jan 2021 ».
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