There are 2 main translations of light in Setswana

: light1light2

light1

lesedi

nounPlural lights

  • 1

    lesedi
    • the energy from the sun, a lamp, etc., that makes it possible to see things
  • 2

    lebone
    • something that provides light, especially an electric lamp
  • 3

    malakabe a molelô
    • a flame

adjectivelighter, lightest

  • 1

    go le lesedi
    • full of light
    • not dark
  • 2

    sêtlhafetse
    ‘light blue’ botala jwa loapi jo bo sêtlhafetseng
    • pale

verblights, lighting, lit, lighted

  • 1

    tshuba
    ša
    • start a thing burning
    • begin to burn
  • 2

    bonesa
    • provide light for something

There are 2 main translations of light in Setswana

: light1light2

light2

motlhofo

adjectivelighter, lightest

  • 1

    motlhofo
    • having little weight
    • not heavy
  • 2

    selekanyô se se kwa tlase
    ‘light rain’ pula ya selekanyô se se kwa tlase
    ‘a light punishment’ kôtlhaô e e kwa tlase
    • small in amount or force, etc.
  • 3

    go le motlhofo
    ‘light work’ tirô e e motlhofo
    • needing little effort
  • 4

    go itumetswe
    ‘with a light heart’ ka pelo e e tletseng boitumêlô
    • cheerful, not sad
  • 5

    e se ga tlhoafalô
    ‘light music’ mminô o o sa tlhoafalang
    • not serious or profound

adverb

  • 1

    go se bokete
    ka dithoto tse dinnye
    ‘We were travelling light’ Re ne re tsamaya ka dithoto tse dinnye
    • lightly
    • with only a small load