Nez Percé

[ nez purs; French ney per-sey ]
/ ˈnɛz ˈpɜrs; French neɪ pɛrˈseɪ /

noun, plural Nez Per·cés [nez pur-siz; French ney per-sey] /ˈnɛz ˈpɜr sɪz; French neɪ pɛrˈseɪ/, (especially collectively) Nez Per·cé for 1.

a member of a North American Indian people of the Sahaptin family.
the Sahaptin language of the Nez Percé.

Origin of Nez Percé

1805–15; < French: literally, pierced nose
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Examples from the Web for nez perce

  • He had escaped fire and smoke, or he would not have been here on Arkansa with his old grizzled Nez-perce steed.

    In the Old West|George Frederick Ruxton

British Dictionary definitions for nez perce

Nez Percé

/ (ˈnɛz ˈpɜːs, French ne pɛrse) /

noun

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
the Sahaptin language of this people

Word Origin for Nez Percé

French, literally: pierced nose
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