Tua·​reg ˈtwä-ˌreg How to pronounce Tuareg (audio)
variants or less commonly Touareg
plural Tuareg or Tuaregs also Touareg or Touaregs
: a member of a nomadic people of the central and western Sahara and along the middle Niger from Tombouctou to Nigeria

Examples of Tuareg in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His trademark fusion of Tuareg music and modern psych-rock resonated with the English-speaking world, demonstrating a gradual yet continuous opening up to new sounds and cultures. Ana Leorne, SPIN, 3 May 2024 In the lyrics, Moctar encourages the Tuareg people to not let their Tamasheq language become obsolete. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2024 Moctar’s lyrics, delivered in the Tuareg language Tamasheq, often address the plight of his people and of Saharan Africans more generally. Andy Cush, Pitchfork, 4 Mar. 2024 Funeral for Justice, however, grapples deeply with the issues facing Moctar’s home country of Niger and the Tuareg people. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 28 Feb. 2024 The Tuareg guitarist led his trio through a blistering performance that had the typically sedate Quad Stage crowd standing, stomping, and dancing their way through the performance. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 31 July 2023 Drums are the only musical instruments common to all cultures in the world, from the Inuit people in the Arctic to the Tuareg nomads in the Sahara Desert, from the Bora tribes in the Amazon jungle to the Maasai people in East Africa. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2023 Equally important, however, was the Islamist and Tuareg militants' hasty withdrawal into northeastern Mali. Sebastian Elischer, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2013

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Word History


borrowed from North African Bedouin Arabic ṭwārəg, plural of ṭārgi, perhaps an adjective derivative from "Targa," alleged to be a Berber name for Fezzan, region of southwest Libya

Note: This etymology is from the article Ṭawāiḳ by the Berber and Tuareg specialist Karl-Gustav Prasse in Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd edition. A similar origin is suggested by Heinrich Barth in Reisen und Entdeckungen in Nord- und Central-Afrika in den Jahren 1849 bis 1855, Band 1 (Gotha, 1857), p. 246.

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tuareg was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Tuareg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tuareg. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


Tua·​reg ˈtwä-ˌreg How to pronounce Tuareg (audio)
plural Tuareg or Tuaregs
: a member of a nomadic people of Africa

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