Definition of Nez Percé noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Nez Percé

BrE BrE//ˌnez ˈpɜːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnez ˈpɜːrs//
(pl. Nez Percé, Nez Percés)
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a member of a Native American people, many of whom now live in the US state of Idaho From the French for ‘pierced nose’. Culture The Nez Percés bred excellent horses and originally lived in west Idaho. Although they gave most of their land to the US in 1855, later land disputes led to a war in 1877 in which Chief Joseph and his people were defeated.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Nez Percé