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Part of speech: noun

Origin: American English, unknown


A member of an African American people living on the coast of South Carolina and nearby islands.


The Creole language of the Gullah, having an English base with elements from various West African languages. It has about 125,000 speakers.

Examples of Gullah in a sentence

"Jess planned to visit Gullah heritage sites on her visit to the Carolinas."

"I am studying all Creole languages, but I am most interested in Gullah."

About Gullah

This word is possibly a shortening of the country name "Angola," or possibly an alteration of "Gola," a group of people from Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Did you Know?

The Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, officially designated by the U.S. Congress in 2006, is a National Heritage Area celebrating the cultures and lives of the Gullah people of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Visitors can learn more about the rich African heritage of the Gullah people, sample local foods, and participate in a multitude of cultural events, including historical tours, arts and crafts, and music.

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