Definition of Tuareg in English:


nounPlural Tuaregs

  • A member of a Berber people of the western and central Sahara, living mainly in Algeria, Mali, Niger, and western Libya, traditionally as nomadic pastoralists.

    • ‘The four traditional kingdoms of the nomadic Tuareg were all centred on mountain ranges within the central Sahara: the Tassili, the Hoggar, the Adrar and Air.’
    • ‘No one lives here, no one could live here, and even the Tuareg of the region treat it with an awed respect.’
    • ‘Walking 12 hours a day, eating the odd sheep, and learning the rudiments of Tamashek, the language of the Tuareg, Michael finally gets to grips with the heart and soul of the desert.’
    • ‘The Tuaregs occupied parts of Niger in the 11th century AD and their kingdom of Agadès grew during the 15th century.’
    • ‘For centuries the nomadic Tuaregs of the Sahara, warned off by legends of diabolical fumes and flames, have avoided camping in the dry lake beds around Timbuktu, Mall.’
    • ‘Although French efforts at subjugation began before 1900, dissident ethnic groups, especially the Tuareg, were not conquered until the early twentieth century.’
    • ‘Brutal raids against Tuaregs in Mali and Niger led many to abandon their countries and flee north to Algeria and Libya.’
    • ‘The authors round out their story by recounting the history of the people who have claimed this land, including the Chaamba, the Moors, the Tubu, and the Tuareg.’
    • ‘The site is also a meeting place for Tuaregs, nomadic people known for their blue robes.’
    • ‘But over the years, more and more Ariaal - like the Masai and the Turkana in Kenya and the Tuaregs and Bedouins elsewhere in Africa - are settling down.’
    • ‘‘Our music expresses the struggles facing Tuaregs,’ one of them explained.’
    • ‘Oxfam reported that nomads in Niger such as the Tuareg and Fulani, who make up about 20 percent of Niger's 12.9 million population, are facing particular difficulties.’
    • ‘‘Both Pheuls and Tuaregs watch the elephants to see when they will move, so they can follow with their livestock to fresh pastures,’ said Douglas.’
    • ‘The dwellers in the desert are known as Tuaregs - ‘The people of the veil.’’
    • ‘However the Berber Tuareg of Algeria seem to stand as mute witnesses to the passage of time.’
    • ‘There are also nomadic Tuaregs, who spend many months moving from place to place.’
    • ‘There is an ancient Berber script called tifinagh that survives among the Tuareg of the Algerian Sahara, where the characters are used more for special purposes than for communication.’
    • ‘French settlers, the pied-noirs, were increasingly terrorised by Algerian nationals rather than the Tuareg; thousands returned home to Europe.’
    • ‘The Tuareg manufacture a wide range of jewelry.’


  • Relating to the Tuareg.

    • ‘Friend and translator to many of the Tuareg chiefs though he was, he also continued to work as an advance post of the French army, which led to his assassination in 1916.’
    • ‘Accompanied by simple instruments and hand clapping, beautiful, austere melodies and vocals offer a rare glimpse into the ancient traditions of this vital group of Tuareg women.’
    • ‘Five days later, he came upon a group of Tuareg nomads, who took him on camelback to a nearby village.’
    • ‘We had nine camels and four remarkable Tuareg companions.’
    • ‘Some women own property: for example, some urban women own houses that they rent, and rural Tuareg women inherit, own, and manage livestock and date palms.’
    • ‘By the fourteenth century, trade routes to the wealthy salt, gold, ivory, and slave markets in North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East had sprung up across Tuareg territory.’
    • ‘Our analyses helped to establish the earliest possible date of manufacture and to identify the increasingly diverse trade network that enabled Tuareg craftsmen to use new materials in traditional ways.’
    • ‘The Tuareg people in Niger, whose society has been nomadic for millennia, have been forced to establish ‘fixation points’ in order to survive.’
    • ‘In the remote areas, Arab and Tuareg family values and culture shine.’
    • ‘When I turned round, I found that a group of Tuareg men had drawn up.’
    • ‘The herdsmen and traders of the great Tuareg confederation are found in the south.’
    • ‘Once filming was over, she lived for a time with Tuareg tribesmen deep in the Sahara because, she said, she needed to ‘recover from the experience’.’
    • ‘But he also became part of a movement to create an entirely new sort of Tuareg music.’
    • ‘In 1808 the chief of Gobir and his Tuareg allies were defeated, and the Shehu founded the Sokoto caliphate, whose influence is still felt today.’
    • ‘There ethnicity was reinforced by later migrations between 800-1200 AD when the Air mountains may have fallen into the possession of new Tuareg tribes.’
    • ‘Several years ago the Tuareg people built a small viewing facility about 250 meters from the water hole to attract tourists.’
    • ‘To promote literacy among rural adults, alphabets have been created for the Malinke, Bamana, Fulfulde, Songhai, and Tuareg languages.’
    • ‘A steady trickle of journalists and documentary film companies are returning to report on the country while in the far south, in the Tuareg country of the deep Sahara, the first intrepid travellers are returning.’
    • ‘It's an opportunity for them to maintain cultural links with the other Tuareg populations in Niger, Algeria, Libya and Mauritania.’
    • ‘The Festival grew out of an organic need for the nomadic Tuareg tribes to meet regularly and do the things that their society required.’


The name in Berber.