Definition of Nama in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːmə

noun (plural same or Namas)

  • 1A member of one of the Khoikhoi peoples of South Africa and SW Namibia. Traditionally nomadic herders and hunter-gatherers, they were displaced from the region near the Cape by Dutch settlers.
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    • Who would entertain the idea of the San, Damaras, Namas, Tswanas and Hereros returning to their former land/settlements?
    • The new name immediately softens colonial connotations of Luderitz such as the concentration camp for Namas and Herero refugees of the 1904-1908 genocide.
    • In a series of genocidal wars from 1904 to 1907, the German military killed three-quarters of the Herero population and nearly one-half the Namas.
  • 2 [mass noun] The language of the Nama, which belongs to the Khoisan family and is the only language of the Khoikhoi peoples still spoken by a substantial number (over 100,000).
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    • Three men suddenly attacked him from behind, he just heard someone shouting ‘grab him’ in Damara / Nama.
    • I could have written this in Damara / Nama, but the intention is for the rest of Namibians to also try and understand that the language is unique in its nature.
    • I am sure he is aware that all the towns he mentioned have Damara / Nama names as well as in other languages.


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  • Relating to the Nama or their language.
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    • The Nama language is highlighted as relevant and useful in a contemporary world, and brought into the mainstream of cultural discourse.
    • So if a woman happens to marry a Damara or Nama man, she replaces the ‘b’ at the end of his surname to a ‘s’.
    • No, no one came to help the Herero people except the Nama people, who were fighting their own battles anyway.


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