[ soo-dan-ik ]

  1. (especially in former systems of classification) of or relating to a residual category of African languages including most of the non-Bantu and non-Hamitic languages of northern and central Africa: most now reclassified as part of the Niger-Congo subfamily.

  2. of or relating to the Sudan or the Sudanese.

Origin of Sudanic

First recorded in 1920–25; Sudan + -ic

Words Nearby Sudanic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for Sudanic


/ (suːˈdænɪk) /

  1. a group of languages spoken in scattered areas of the Sudan, most of which are now generally assigned to the Chari-Nile branch of the Nilo-Saharan family

  1. relating to or belonging to this group of languages

  2. of or relating to the Sudan

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