North African

adjective

Definition of North African

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of North Africa often used specifically of the region including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the North Africans

North African

noun

Definition of North African (Entry 2 of 2)

: a native or inhabitant of North Africa usually used specifically of the natives and inhabitants of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt

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First Known Use of North African

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for North African

Adjective

North Africa, the countries of northern Africa + English -an

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The first known use of North African was in 1832

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“North African.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/North%20African. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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