The fourteenth letter of the alphabet, used in the following senses:
1.rare.Abbreviation of non-whitenoun; see quotation. Also attributive.
1988J. Heyns inSunday Times 3 July (Extra) 2‘Sammy N rode such-and-such a horse to victory, while Jimmy N ran a close second with Josias N on his tail. Gerrit Botha failed to impress and Hannes van der Merwe maintained his standard to come home last.’ The N..stood for non-white. To give an N. jockey a full name was racetrack sacrilege in the Orange Free State.
2. [Probably initial letter of national.] Prefixed to a number: designating a particular section of the national road network.
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