1A member of a Yoruba people inhabiting the coastal areas of modern-day Nigeria and Benin; specifically a member of this people taken to the Caribbean or South America as a slave; a descendant of such a person.
In the Caribbean and South America, the term appears to have been used with little discrimination to refer to any person of Yoruba origin.
2The Niger–Congo language (a dialect of Yoruba) spoken by this people.
Of or relating to the Nago people or their language.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Jamaica Gazette. Probably from Gbe Anagó a Yoruba (perhaps also in form *Nagó; initial vowels are often dropped in Gbe) from Yoruba Ànàgó a Yoruba from Abeokuta Province, Nigeria.