Din·​ka ˈdiŋ-kə How to pronounce Dinka (audio)
plural Dinkas also Dinka
: a member of a pastoral people of the Nile Valley in south central Sudan
: the Nilotic language of the Dinkas

Examples of Dinka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among his many wives, 30 are Dinka and even more are Nuer. Jérôme Tubiana, Foreign Affairs, 31 July 2015 The power struggle in South Sudan between President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, and Vice President Riek Machar, a Nuer, took on an ethnic dimension during the civil war. Sam Mednick, Chicago Tribune, 27 May 2023 The fighting has largely been seen as a political struggle between factions allied to president Kiir’s Dinka ethnic group and supporters of the country’s first vice president, Riek Machar, mostly from the Nuer ethnicity. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 1 Feb. 2023 In contrast, the blackness of a Dinka from Sudan is a matter of biological categorization. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 13 Dec. 2010

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Word History


probably ultimately from Dinka jieŋ, a self-designation

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dinka was in 1861

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“Dinka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dinka. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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