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Nubian

[noo-bee-uh n, nyoo-]
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noun
  1. a member of any of the various peoples inhabiting Nubia.
  2. the Nilo-Saharan language of the Nubians.
  3. a Nubian or black slave.
  4. a Nubian horse.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Nubia, its people, or their language.
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Origin of Nubian

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at Nubi(a), -an
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Historical Examples

  • "Thirty," she repeated to the Nubian, without a glance in the white man's direction.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Somehow the whip-snap of authority in his voice reached the Nubian's consciousness.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The Nubian silently indicated two of the three hung on his person.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The Nubian, taken completely by surprise, began to chatter with fright.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The Nubian and the white woman stared at each other for a moment.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for nubian

Nubian

noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Nubia, an ancient region of NE Africa
  2. the language spoken by the people of Nubia
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Nubia or its inhabitants
  2. informal of or relating to Black culture
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Word Origin and History for nubian

Nubian

c.1400 (n.), c.1730 (adj.), from Medieval Latin Nubianus, from Nubia (see Nubia).

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