noun, plural Din·kas, (especially collectively) Din·ka.

a member of a tall, pastoral people of Sudan.
the language of the Dinka, a Nilotic language closely related to Shilluk.

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Contemporary Examples of dinka

  • The perpetrators of political turmoil in Juba are not Dinka or Nuer, nor any other ethnic people who make up South Sudan.

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    The South Sudan Clashes Are No Tribal War

    Valentino Deng

    December 30, 2013

  • Other reports of Dinka being dumped in a mass grave in the rebel-controlled oil town of Bentiu have further inflamed tensions.

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    Preventing South Sudan’s Civil War

    John Prendergast, Akshaya Kumar

    December 24, 2013

  • Though he could read it in his native Dinka, he wanted to read it in the language in which it was written.

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    The Refugee I Know

    Stephen Slater

    June 7, 2012

Historical Examples of dinka

British Dictionary definitions for dinka



plural -kas or -ka a member of a Nilotic people of South Sudan, noted for their height, which often reaches seven feet tall: chiefly herdsmen
the language of this people, belonging to the Nilotic group of the Nilo-Saharan family

Word Origin for Dinka

from Dinka jieng people
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