Definition of Nez Percé in English:

Nez Percé

Pronunciation /ˈpɛːseɪ//nɛz ˈpəːs/


  • 1A member of a North American people of central Idaho, north-eastern Oregon, and southeastern Washington.

    • ‘The time was the early 1850s, when, a young man, he was with his brother and a party of fellow Nez Percés numbering eight or nine in the Wallowa country.’
    • ‘The Shahaptan family of Scouler comprised three tribes - the Shahaptan or Nez Percés, the Kliketat, a scion of the Shahaptan, dwelling near Mount Ranier, and the Okanagan, inhabiting the upper part of Fraser River and its tributaries.’
    • ‘However, on 5th October, 1877, the Nez Percé were surrounded by troops only 30 miles from the Canadian border.’
  • 2mass noun The Sahaptian language of the Nez Percé.

    • ‘Because Nez Percé subjects and objects carry morphemes revealing their function in the sentence, the word order can be quite free.’
    • ‘Often, it was necessary to "invent" a new word in Nez Perce when no equivalent existed.’


  • Relating to the Nez Percé or their language.

    • ‘To understand the Nez Perce people you must first understand their landscape.’
    • ‘Introduction of the horse became a defining characteristic for Nez Perce culture.’


French, literally ‘pierced nose’.


Nez Percé

/ˈpɛːseɪ//nɛz ˈpəːs/