Nez Perce

or Nez Per·cé

[ nez-purs; French ney per-sey ]

noun,plural Nez Per·ces [nez-pur-siz; French ney per-sey], /ˈnɛz ˈpɜr sɪz; French neɪ pɛrˈseɪ/, (especially collectively) Nez Per·ce for 1.
  1. Also called Ni·mii·puu [nee-mee-poo] /niˈmi pu/ . a member of a North American Indian people of the Sahaptin family.

  2. Also called Ni·mi·puu·timt [nee-mee-poo-timt] /niˌmi puˈtɪmt/ . the Sahaptin language of the Nez Perce.

  1. of or relating to the Nez Perce or their language.

Origin of Nez Perce

First recorded in 1805–15; from French: literally, “pierced nose”

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British Dictionary definitions for Nez Percé

Nez Percé

/ (ˈnɛz ˈpɜːs, French ne pɛrse) /

  1. plural Nez Percés (ˈpɜːsɪz, French pɛrse) or Nez Percé a member of a North American Indian people of the Pacific coast, a tribe of the Sahaptin

  2. the Sahaptin language of this people

Origin of Nez Percé

French, literally: pierced nose

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