Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large and widely dispersed language family of sub-Saharan Africa that includes the Mande, West Atlantic, and Central Niger-Congo branches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A major language family of sub-Saharan Africa noted for the use of a noun class system.

Etymologies

Coined in the 1950s by w:Joseph Greenberg, from the name of the two principal rivers in the area this language family is spoken, the Niger River and the Congo River. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.