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Nupe

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Pronunciation: /ˈnuːpeɪ
 
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Definition of Nupe in English:

noun (plural same or Nupes)

1A member of a people of central Nigeria.
Example sentences
  • Other large ethnic groups include the Ibibio, the Ijaw, the Kanuri, the Nupe, and the Tiv.
  • Judith Perani and Norma H. Wolff have a combined total of over fifty years of research experience focused on the Nupe, Yoruba, and Hausa.
2 [mass noun] The Benue-Congo language of the Nupe, with over 1 million speakers.
Example sentences
  • William Fagg was a man of lists, and many appear in the notebooks: lists of words for ironworking and tools, written in Hausa and Nupe and with their English translation; of purchases and prices (in shillings); of Igbo mask names.
  • English is the official language; however, Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa represent the principal languages, joined by Kanuri, Fulani, Nupe, Tiv, Edo, Ijaw and Ibibio.

adjective

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Relating to the Nupe or their language.
Example sentences
  • R. E. Bradbury points out that the ‘multiplicity of settlement in the relatively small Ekperi tribe is due to scattering, during the last century, by Nupe raiders’.
  • This discussion reveals the factors that contributed to the decline of Hausa and Nupe cloth by the end of the century in contrast to Yoruba aso-oke cloth, which was as vital as ever.
  • For most of the 1870's Bishop Crowther established a formal alliance with the rulers of the Nupe kingdom as the southern outpost of the Sokoto Caliphate which was ostensibly being erected on the basis of a slave economy.

Origin

the name of a former kingdom at the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers in West Africa.

Words that rhyme with Nupe

coupé, toupée

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