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Definitions for niger
ˈnaɪ dʒər, niˈʒɛərni·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Niger, Niger Rivernoun

    an African river; flows into the South Atlantic

  2. Niger, Republic of Nigernoun

    a landlocked republic in West Africa; gained independence from France in 1960; most of the country is dominated by the Sahara Desert


  1. nigernoun

    An herb, Guizotia abyssinica, from Ethiopia, grown for its seed and edible oil


  1. Niger

    Niger or the Niger ( nee-ZHAIR, NY-jər, French: [niʒɛʁ]), officially the Republic of the Niger (French: République du Niger, Hausa: Jamhuriyar Nijar), is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is a unitary state bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin and Burkina Faso to the southwest, Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. It covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2 (490,000 sq mi), making it the second-largest landlocked country in West Africa, after Chad. Over 80% of its land area lies in the Sahara. Its predominantly Muslim population of about 25 million live mostly in clusters in the further south and west of the country. The capital Niamey is located in Niger's southwest corner. It is listed in the least developed countries group. Some non-desert portions of the country underwent periodic drought and desertification. The economy is concentrated around subsistence agriculture, with some export agriculture in the more fertile south, and export of raw materials, including uranium ore. It faces challenges to development due to its landlocked position, desert terrain, higher fertility rates without birth control and resulting overpopulation.The society reflects a diversity drawn from the independent histories of some ethnic groups and regions and their period living in a single state. Historically, Niger has been on the fringes of some states. Since independence, Nigeriens have lived under 5 constitutions and 3 periods of military rule. After the military coup in 2010, Niger became a democratic, multi-party state. A majority of the population lives in rural areas.


  1. Niger

    Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km², making it the largest nation in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara desert. The country's predominantly Islamic population of 17,129,076 is mostly clustered in the far south and west of the nation. The capital city is Niamey, located in the far-southwest corner of Niger. Niger is a developing country, and is consistently one of the lowest-ranked in the United Nations' Human Development Index; it was ranked 186th of 186 countries for 2012. Much of the non-desert portions of the country are threatened by periodic drought and desertification. The economy is concentrated around subsistence and some export agriculture clustered in the more fertile south, and the export of raw materials, especially uranium ore. Niger remains handicapped by its landlocked position, desert terrain, poor education and poverty of its people, lack of infrastructure, lack of property rights, lack of free markets, poor health care, and environmental degradation.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Niger

    a great river of Western Africa, whose head-waters rise amid the Kong Mountains behind Sierra Leone; flowing NE. as far as Timbuctoo (2 m. from the river), it there bends gradually southward, receives from the E. its great affluent the Benuë, and about 100 m. from the coast begins to form a wide forest and jungle-covered delta (larger than that of the Nile), and finally flows into the Gulf of Guinea by 22 mouths after a course of some 2600 m. Forms, with the Benuë, an invaluable highway into the heart of the country; its upper and middle parts, under the names Joliba, &c., are within the French sphere, and the lower portion below Say is under English authority.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Niger

    A republic in western Africa, north of NIGERIA and west of CHAD. Its capital is Niamey.

Editors Contribution

  1. nigernoun

    1.) A river in the landlocked country in West Africa that flows northeast and then southeast in a great arc. 2.) The chemical element 5th form that is derived from a verb but that functions as an adjective, denoting something that should or must be done. 3.) A darker skin tone human being labeled as an African American.

    Those who participated in the African slave trade contracted bandits to steal helpless people mainly from Niger, Africa.

    Etymology: Pineal glands geography

    Submitted by tehorah23 on May 16, 2023  


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  1. reign

  2. renig

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of niger in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of niger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of niger in a Sentence

  1. Tim Kaine:

    For too long, Congress has given presidents a blank check to wage war. We've let the 9/11 and Iraq War authorizations get stretched to justify wars against multiple terrorist groups in over a dozen countries, from Niger to the Philippines, our proposal finally repeals those authorizations and makes Congress do its job by weighing in on where, when and with who we are at war.

  2. Karl Steinacker:

    In Diffa, people can no longer cross into Nigeria for work as it's too dangerous. But farmers in Niger are exporting to Nigeria where prices are higher due to the violence, so locals can't afford to eat.

  3. Timothy Pietrack:

    U.S. Africa Command would like to thank all of our African and international partners who provided excellent cooperation over the months leading up to this recovery, in particular, the government of Niger, who were critical to this effort.

  4. Godspower Gbenekema:

    Nobody represented the Avengers in that meeting, we used that opportunity to relay to the minister the problems of the Niger Delta such as lack of development and neglect.

  5. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo:

    The cleanup of this land will require change on the part of all those who deal with the Niger Delta environment - particularly the oil companies and our communities.

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  • Jeremiah Graham
    Jeremiah Graham
    Doesn't Niger also mean"king"?
    LikeReply 28 years ago
    • Marc Whitley
      Marc Whitley
      You're thinking of Negus
      LikeReply5 years ago

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