Definition of Nogai in English:

Nogai

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or designating an originally nomadic people now mainly inhabiting the Stavropol district of the northern Caucasus, Daghestan, Chechen-Ingushetia, and Karachay-Cherkessia, or their language.

noun

  • 1A member of the Nogai people.

  • 2The Western Turkic language of the Nogai people.

Origin

Late 16th century. From Nogai nogai (also as noghai), self-designation from the name of Nogai (also as Noghai), 13th-cent. leader of this people who established the Nogai Horde as an offshoot of the Golden Horde, ultimately from Mongolian noqai dog, referring to the people's totem. Compare Russian † nagai, † nagajcy, plural nouns, nogai, nogajcy, plural nouns, † nagajskij, adjective, nogajskij, adjective. Compare earlier Nogaian [adjective].

Pronunciation

Nogai

/ˈnəʊɡʌɪ//nəˈɡʌɪ/