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.
Example sentences
  • 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).
Example sentences
  • 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.


Relating to the Nama or their language.
Example sentences
  • 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.


The name in Nama.

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