Definition of Niger–Congo in US English:



  • Denoting or belonging to a large phylum of languages in Africa, named after the Niger and Congo Rivers. It comprises most of the languages spoken by the indigenous peoples of Africa south of the Sahara and includes the Bantu, Mande, Gur, and Kwa families.

    • ‘Most Niger-Congo languages have two sets of vowels.’
    • ‘There are some 1000-1500 Niger-Congo (Niger-Kordofanian) languages spoken from western Africa via eastern Africa to southern Africa.’