[ kaf-er, key-fer, kah- ]

noun,plural Kaf·irs, (especially collectively) Kaf·ir.
  1. Also called Nuristani. a member of an Indo-European people of Nuristan.

  2. kaf·ir .Islam. a person who has no religious faith; unbeliever.

  1. kaf·ir .Also kaf·fir. a grain sorghum, Sorghum bicolor caffrorum, having stout, short-jointed, leafy stalks, introduced into the United States from southern Africa. : Also called kaf·ir corn [kaf-er kawrn] /ˈkæf ər ˈkɔrn/ .

Origin of Kafir

First recorded in 1830–40 as Kaffirs;see origin at Kaffir

Words Nearby Kafir

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How to use Kafir in a sentence

  • The few inhabitants who are hidden away in remote villages and hamlets belong to the great Kafir community.

    The Gates of India | Thomas Holdich

British Dictionary definitions for Kafir


/ (ˈkæfə) /

nounplural -irs or -ir
  1. another name for the Nuri

  2. a variant spelling of Kaffir

Origin of Kafir

C19: from Arabic; see Kaffir

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