North African

1 of 2


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

North African

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

Word History



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

First Known Use


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of North African was in 1832

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“North African.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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