[ 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.
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Origin of Nez Percé
1805–15; < French: literally, pierced nose
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Example sentences 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
/ (ˈnɛz ˈpɜːs, French ne pɛrse) /
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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