Pronunciation: (song-gī'),[key] —n., —pl.-ghais,(esp. collectively)-ghaifor 1. 1. a member of a group of peoples living along the Niger River in the area of Timbuktu and Gao in Mali and in adjacent areas of Niger and Burkina Faso.
2. a West African empire dominated by the Songhai that flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries.
3. the Nilo-Saharan language of the Songhai.