1. A member of a Negroid people living chiefly in northern Nigeria; Also called: Haussa.
2. The chief member of the Chadic family of Afroasiatic languages; widely used as a trading language; Also called: Haussa.
Member of an agricultural Muslim people of NW Nigeria, numbering 9 million. The Hausa language belongs to the Chadic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic language group. It is used as a trade language throughout W Africa.