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noun, plural Na·gas, (especially collectively) Na·ga for 1.
  1. a member of any of the disparate tribal peoples of Nagaland and bordering areas of Burma.
  2. any of the Tibeto-Burman languages spoken by the Naga.
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  1. a city on E Cebu, in the S central Philippines.
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Examples from the Web for naga

Historical Examples

  • That must have been a naga, Pete, from the size of it, and having men on board.

    Trapped by Malays

    George Manville Fenn

  • Here, and at Naga not far off, are the remains of the temples of the Can-daces, great buildings of semi-barbaric Egyptian style.

  • Naga ayom-ayom sia lamang (he manages it) sa dacong cacugui.

  • They had vowed to slay Iravat, son of Arjuna and the Naga princess.

    Indian Myth and Legend

    Donald Alexander Mackenzie

  • Well did the Naga Hills campaign, prove the truth of his words.

British Dictionary definitions for naga


  1. plural Nagas or Naga a member of a people of NE India and W Myanmar: until the early 20th century they practised head-hunting
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family of languages and having many dialects
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Word Origin and History for naga


in Hindu mythology, race of serpent demons, offspring of Kaduru, guardians of the under-regions; 1785, from Sanskrit naga "serpent, snake," of unknown origin.

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