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Nubian

[noo-bee-uh n, nyoo-] /ˈnu bi ən, ˈnyu-/
noun
1.
a member of any of the various peoples inhabiting Nubia.
2.
the Nilo-Saharan language of the Nubians.
3.
a Nubian or black slave.
4.
a Nubian horse.
adjective
5.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Nubia, its people, or their language.
Origin of Nubian
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at Nubi(a), -an
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  • Somehow the whip-snap of authority in his voice reached the Nubian's consciousness.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • "Thirty," she repeated to the Nubian, without a glance in the white man's direction.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The Nubian silently indicated two of the three hung on his person.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The Nubian, taken completely by surprise, began to chatter with fright.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The Nubian and the white woman stared at each other for a moment.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Twisting himself free he saw a powerful Nubian armed with a hoe.

    The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
  • An expressive look from the Nubian confirmed the insinuation.

  • She did not hear him; her soul was still before the Nubian's tomb.

    Thais Anatole France
  • “A little beast of a naked brown Nubian boy,” spluttered Egbert.

  • The agitated Nubian made a sign signifying he did not know, but that all was yet safe.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
British Dictionary definitions for Nubian

Nubian

/ˈnjuːbɪən/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Nubia, an ancient region of NE Africa
2.
the language spoken by the people of Nubia
adjective
3.
of or relating to Nubia or its inhabitants
4.
(informal) of or relating to Black culture
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Word Origin and History for Nubian

c.1400 (n.), c.1730 (adj.), from Medieval Latin Nubianus, from Nubia (see Nubia).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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