Tua·​reg | \ ˈtwä-ˌreg How to pronounce Tuareg (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural Tuareg or Tuaregs also Touareg or Touaregs

Definition of Tuareg

: a member of a nomadic people of the central and western Sahara and along the middle Niger from Tombouctou to Nigeria

First Known Use of Tuareg

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Tuareg

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.

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“Tuareg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tuareg. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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