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 (no͞o′bē-ən, nyo͞o′-)
Of or relating to Nubia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
1. A native or inhabitant of Nubia.
2. Any of a group of closely related Nilo-Saharan languages spoken in the Sudan. Also called Nuba.


1. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Nubia, an ancient region of NE Africa
2. (Languages) the language spoken by the people of Nubia
3. (Placename) the language spoken by the people of Nubia
4. (Placename) of or relating to Nubia or its inhabitants
5. (Peoples) of or relating to Nubia or its inhabitants
6. informal of or relating to Black culture


(ˈnu bi ən, ˈnyu-)

1. a member of any of a group of African peoples of Nubia.
2. a family of Nilo-Saharan languages spoken in the Nile River valley and parts of the Sudan, esp. Darfur province and the Nuba Hills of S Kordofan province.
3. a Nubian horse.
4. of Nubia, Nubians, or the language family Nubian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Nubian - a native or inhabitant of NubiaNubian - a native or inhabitant of Nubia; "Nubians now form an ethnic minority in Egypt"
ethnic group, ethnos - people of the same race or nationality who share a distinctive culture
Nubia - an ancient region of northeastern Africa (southern Egypt and northern Sudan) on the Nile; much of Nubia is now under Lake Nasser
Egyptian - a native or inhabitant of Egypt


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It was an Abyssinian or Nubian production of a bizarre shape; the clumsiest thing imaginable, partaking of a sickle and a chopper with a sharp edge and a pointed end.
Oh, yes, and it accidentally went off," said the doctor, looking contemptuously at the Nubian knife I had thrown on the table.
The custom of making houses and tombs in the living rock," says Heeren in his Researches on the Ethiopians, "determined very naturally the principal character of the Nubian Egyptian architecture to the colossal form which it assumed.
He claps his hands and Mesrour the Nubian appears, with bare arms, bangles, yataghans, and every Eastern ornament-- gaunt, tall, and hideous.
At this moment the tapestry moved aside, and a Nubian, black as ebony, and dressed in a plain white tunic, made a sign to his master that all was prepared in the dining-room.
Their woolly hair, with a reddish tinge, showed off on their black shining bodies like those of the Nubians.
Against it stand four colossal Nubians, as black as night, dressed in white marble garments.
Nubi' is a mobile application that is considered a complete repository of the Nubian language and its related history -- Egypt Today
Three persons have been arrested for hunting seven Nubian Ibex in Dhofar.
A Los Angeles zoo euthanized an entire herd of Nubian Ibex goats after they were diagnosed with a highly contagious strain of herpes.
The success of Nubian Heritage, a skin care label of Sundial Brands, which started out selling products on the streets of Harlem, points to the growing influence of multicultural brands in the beauty care category.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary of dedication to harnessing the power of ancient rituals for modern skin care solutions, Sundial Brands' Nubian Heritage is launching "Venture Out," a national awareness and educational series to help make the journey of transitioning from a synthetic to natural deodorant simple, easy and fun.