Definition of Tamashek in English:



  • [mass noun] The dialect of Berber spoken by the Tuareg, sometimes regarded as a separate language.

    • ‘‘Tinariwen’ means ‘Empty spaces’ in Tamashek, and the band makes good use of space: the guitar never overwhelms the voices and handclaps, the latter of which are so integrated rhythmically into the music it can be hard to separate them from the actual percussive instruments.’
    • ‘Tamashek is spoken in several sets of dialects, the most prominent ones being Northern and Southern.’
    • ‘Touaregs, or the Kel Tamashek (people who speak Tamashek), are the nomadic tribe of the Saharan desert, scattered among Algeria, Mali and Niger.’
    • ‘Walking 12 hours a day, eating the odd sheep, and learning the rudiments of Tamashek, the language of the Tuareg, he finally gets to grips with the heart and soul of the desert.’


The name in Berber.