Definition of Shilluk in US English:


nounPlural Shilluks

  • 1A member of a Sudanese people living mainly on the west bank of the Nile.

    • ‘There are Shilluk too in Melbourne, a long way from the River Nile.’
    • ‘He ran unsuccessfully for governor in Upper Nile; a Shilluk, he was defeated by a Nuer rival and later accepted a ministerial post in Khartoum.’
    • ‘The ethnic Nuer and Shilluk, who hold sway in the oil-rich Upper Nile province of southern Sudan, are seeking a greater stake in Sudan's new political dispensation.’
    • ‘The Sudanese Nilotics of the South (Nuer, Dinka, Shilluk, Anwak, etc.) have maintained close ties with Northerners in the course of history.’
    • ‘The Shilluk ruled the Funj kingdoms, or at least shared in the ruling process.’
    • ‘In the indigenous religion of the Shilluk, kings are considered holy men and are thought to embody the spirit of the god Nyikang.’
    • ‘These include the Jamala and the Nubians in the north; the Beja in the Red Sea Hills; and several Nilotic peoples in the south, including the Azande, Dinka, Nuer, and Shilluk.’
  • 2The Nilotic language of the Shilluk.

    • ‘The program nurse gently spoke with her in Shilluk to explain that surgery might relieve some of her pain, but could not restore her vision.’


  • Relating to the Shilluk or their language.

    • ‘An estimated 40 per cent of the southern Sudanese are Dinka, while 20 per cent belong to the culturally and linguistically related Nilotic Nuer and Shilluk ethnic groups.’
    • ‘He had to overcome intense heat, inhospitable conditions and disease in his pursuit to make lasting records of the lives of the Shilluk, Dinka, Nuer, Nuba and Jur peoples.’
    • ‘A mission has confirmed that at least 70,000 people have been displaced by a month of fighting in the Shilluk kingdom, in the Upper Nile region.’


The name in Shilluk.