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  1. plural -pe or -pes a member of a Negroid people of Nigeria, noted as fishermen, who live near the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family
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n acronym for (formerly, in Britain)
  1. National Union of Public Employees
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Examples from the Web for nupe

Historical Examples

  • It was founded in 1859 when Fula rule was established in Nupe, is walled and of considerable size.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7


  • Another emir was appointed in his place, and the province of Nupe was placed under British administrative control.

  • A report reached Murzuk in 1819 that the traveller had gone to “Noofy” (Nupe), and had died there.

  • Embassies were sent and states like Nupe recognized the suzerainty of the Byzantine emperor.

    The Negro

    W.E.B. Du Bois

  • We find Yoruba reaching out and subduing states like Nupe toward the northward.

    The Negro

    W.E.B. Du Bois