He·​re·​ro hə-ˈrer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce Herero (audio)
plural Herero or Hereros
: a member of a Bantu people of central Namibia

Examples of Herero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the start of the 20th century, tensions escalated between indigenous Herero and Nama people and German settlers, in what was then known as German South West Africa. Harriet Marsden, The Week Uk, theweek, 14 May 2024 That actually happened in the genocide of the Herero, starting in 1904, and the genocide of the Armenians, starting in 1915. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 In 2021, Germany, after six years of negotiations with the Namibian government, agreed to pay €1.1 billion for what is regarded as the first genocide of the 20th century, against the Herero and Nama peoples. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Oct. 2023 But Heinrich is no less a problematic figure than his son: his legacy includes one of the most vicious attacks ever carried out by European colonists on Africans, Germany's 1904 War of Extermination against the Herero. Jared Diamond, Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2023 But that left the Herero people, ancient cattle herders who revere the animals, destitute. Melanie Stetson Freeman, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Herero was in 1880

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“Herero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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