Definition of Nganasan in English:

Nganasan

noun

  • 1A member of a people inhabiting the Taimyr Peninsula between the Yenisei and Khatanga rivers in north-western Siberia.

  • 2The largely unwritten Northern Samoyedic language of the Nganasan, closely related to Nenets.

adjective

  • Designating, of, or relating to the Nganasan or their language.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Pacific Affairs. From Russian nganasan (plural nganasany) from Nganasan ŋanasa (plural ŋanasanʔ), lit. ‘person, human being’. The self-designation of the Nganasan is Nya (also as n'aa, adjectival form of n'a mate); all of these forms have analogues in Nenets.

Pronunciation

Nganasan

/(ə)ŋˈɡanəsan/