Nu·​er ˈnü-ər How to pronounce Nuer (audio)
plural Nuer
: a member of a Nilotic people of southern Sudan
: the language of the Nuer people

Examples of Nuer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The power struggle in South Sudan between President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, and Vice President Riek Machar, a Nuer, took on an ethnic dimension during the civil war. Sam Mednick, Chicago Tribune, 27 May 2023

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Word History


probably ultimately from Nuer naað, a self-designation

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nuer was in 1861

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“Nuer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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