Definition of Tuareg in US English:



  • 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.

    • ‘Brutal raids against Tuaregs in Mali and Niger led many to abandon their countries and flee north to Algeria and Libya.’
    • ‘The Tuareg manufacture a wide range of jewelry.’
    • ‘The Tuaregs occupied parts of Niger in the 11th century AD and their kingdom of Agadès grew during the 15th century.’
    • ‘No one lives here, no one could live here, and even the Tuareg of the region treat it with an awed respect.’
    • ‘‘Our music expresses the struggles facing Tuaregs,’ one of them explained.’
    • ‘Although French efforts at subjugation began before 1900, dissident ethnic groups, especially the Tuareg, were not conquered until the early twentieth century.’
    • ‘The dwellers in the desert are known as Tuaregs - ‘The people of the veil.’’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘However the Berber Tuareg of Algeria seem to stand as mute witnesses to the passage of time.’
    • ‘French settlers, the pied-noirs, were increasingly terrorised by Algerian nationals rather than the Tuareg; thousands returned home to Europe.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are also nomadic Tuaregs, who spend many months moving from place to place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The site is also a meeting place for Tuaregs, nomadic people known for their blue robes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Relating to the Tuareg.

    • ‘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 Festival grew out of an organic need for the nomadic Tuareg tribes to meet regularly and do the things that their society required.’
    • ‘When I turned round, I found that a group of Tuareg men had drawn up.’
    • ‘Several years ago the Tuareg people built a small viewing facility about 250 meters from the water hole to attract tourists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To promote literacy among rural adults, alphabets have been created for the Malinke, Bamana, Fulfulde, Songhai, and Tuareg languages.’
    • ‘It's an opportunity for them to maintain cultural links with the other Tuareg populations in Niger, Algeria, Libya and Mauritania.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We had nine camels and four remarkable Tuareg companions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Tuareg people in Niger, whose society has been nomadic for millennia, have been forced to establish ‘fixation points’ in order to survive.’
    • ‘But he also became part of a movement to create an entirely new sort of Tuareg music.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Five days later, he came upon a group of Tuareg nomads, who took him on camelback to a nearby village.’
    • ‘In the remote areas, Arab and Tuareg family values and culture shine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The herdsmen and traders of the great Tuareg confederation are found in the south.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’


The name in Berber.