[noo-mid-ee-uh, nyoo-]


an ancient country in N Africa, corresponding roughly to modern Algeria.

Related formsNu·mid·i·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of numidian

  • Ethiopian kings were kissed on the foot and Numidian kings were considered too supreme to be kissed at all.

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    The History of Kissing

    Sheril Kirshenbaum

    February 13, 2011

Historical Examples of numidian

British Dictionary definitions for numidian



of or relating to Numidia or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Numidia



an ancient country of N Africa, corresponding roughly to present-day Algeria: flourished until its invasion by Vandals in 429; chief towns were Cirta and Hippo Regius
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Word Origin and History for numidian


ancient region in North Africa, roughly corresponding to modern Algeria, Latin, named for its inhabitants, the Numidians, whose name is related to nomad (n.).

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