Definition of Shilluk in US English:



  • 1A member of a Sudanese people living mainly on the west bank of the 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are Shilluk too in Melbourne, a long way from the River Nile.’
    • ‘In the indigenous religion of the Shilluk, kings are considered holy men and are thought to embody the spirit of the god Nyikang.’
  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


The name in Shilluk.