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Nu has the following meanings:

Table of contents
1 Greek letter
2 Egyptian mythology
3 Ethnic groups
4 Abbreviations
5 Respelling
6 Interjection
7 Other definitions

Greek letter

Nu is a letter in the Greek alphabet: lowercase ν, uppercase Ν.

Egyptian mythology

In Egyptian mythology, Nu is the personification of the ocean which encircled the entire world. He was an ancient god, even from before Ra, who emerged from Nu. He was part of the Ogdoad at Hermopolis and the husband of Naunet.

Alternative: Nun

Ethnic groups

Nu is one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China.

With a slash to denote a click, the N/u, or Khomani, are a San (Bushman) people of Africa. They speak a Khoisan language which is also called N/u.



Nu is also used as a short form of new, as in Nu Metal, Nu Jazz, and Nupedia (as well as being a pun on GNU).


As an interjection before a sentence, the word nu means "Well . . ." This interjection is of Yiddish origin.

Other definitions

In Chinese, Nu means woman. See Nu shu, the women-only language.

For multilingual definitions of Nu, see wiktionary:nu.