Ni·​ger-Con·​go ˌnī-jər-ˈkäŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce Niger-Congo (audio)
: a language family that includes the Mande and Kwa branches and that is spoken by most of the indigenous peoples of west, central, and south Africa

Examples of Niger-Congo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bantu descend from many Bantu ethnic groups, primarily from the Niger-Congo region of Africa. Jocelyn Ruggiero,, 1 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Niger (river) + Congo (river)

First Known Use

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Niger-Congo was circa 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Niger-Congo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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