Do·​gon ˈdō-ˌgän How to pronounce Dogon (audio)
plural Dogon or Dogons
: a member of a people of Mali noted for their sculpture
: the language of the Dogon

Examples of Dogon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, the Fowler’s exhibition didn’t simply show that many African cultures, such as the Dogon of Mali or the Bantu-speaking Kongo, were remarkable blacksmiths. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2023 African civilizations studied the stars — from the Dogon people of West Africa to the Yoruba — and the Egyptians developed technology based on celestial observation. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, 10 May 2023 The book picks up the mythology of the Dogon tribe of Mali in West Africa. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 31 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Dogon dogõ, a self-designation

First Known Use

circa 1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dogon was circa 1931

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“Dogon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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