from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting the lower Snake River and its tributaries in western Idaho, northeast Oregon, and southeast Washington, with present-day populations in western Idaho and northeast Washington.
- n. A member of this people.
- n. The Sahaptian language of the Nez Perce.
French Nez-Percé : nez, nose + percé, past participle of percer, to pierce.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)