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Niger

Syllabification: Ni·ger

Definition of Niger in English:

1 /ˈnījər/ A river in northwestern Africa that rises on the northeastern border of Sierra Leone and flows northeast and then southeast in a great arc for 2,550 miles (4,100 km) to Mali and through western Niger and Nigeria before turning south into the Gulf of Guinea.
2 /nēˈZHer, ˈnījər/ A landlocked country in West Africa, on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert; population 15,306,300 (est. 2009); capital, Niamey; languages, French (official), Hausa, and other West African languages.

Part of French West Africa from 1922, it became an autonomous republic within the French Community in 1958 and fully independent in 1960. Niger’s first free elections were held in 1993

Derivatives

Nigerien

1
Pronunciation: /nēˈZHe(ə)riən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Most Nigerien men observe the Islamic practice of praying five times a day.
  • Here he claims among other things that Iraq really was interested in getting its hands on Nigerien uranium.
  • During his visit, this high-ranking officer raised the issue of the alleged uranium sales to Iraq in meetings with various current Nigerien government officials.

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