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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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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.
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.
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.
When the High Dam was built in the 1960s, many Nubians immigrated to West Suhail in Aswan.
At the time Mahmoud Reda's choreography was probably some new and different, though inspired by his homeland with dances referring to cities like Luxor and Alexandria or cultures like the Nubians.
In a political context where overt criticism of the High Dam project was widely considered unpatriotic, if not outright treacherous (Fahim, Egyptian Nubians 29-31), authors linked to the revivalist Nubian cultural movement known as al-Sahwa al-Nubiyya (the Nubian Awakening) have made use of the relative freedom accorded the Egyptian literary sphere.
However, when I started my herd, Nubians were a dual-purpose goat kept here in Tennessee as much for meat as for milk.
THEY are one of Africa's oldest civilisations so it seemed fitting that yesterday the Nubians should visit Spiller's - the world's oldest record shop.