[ bam-uh-koh; French ba-ma-koh ]
/ ˈbæm əˌkoʊ; French ba maˈkoʊ /


a city in and the capital of Mali: inland port on the Niger River.

Definition for bamako (2 of 2)

[ mah-lee ]
/ ˈmɑ li /


Republic of, a republic in W Africa: formerly a territory of France; gained independence 1960. 463,500 sq. mi. (120,000 sq. km). Capital: Bamako.
Formerly French Sudan.


Ma·li·an, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for bamako

  • In Bamako they had to wait for an end to the rainy season so roads would be passable.

    Black Man's Burden|Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Your followers were in control for a time in Mopti and Bamako, but they're falling away because of lack of direction.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth|Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • At Dakar they were shipped through Senegal to Bamako by narrow gauge railroad which ran periodically.

    Black Man's Burden|Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for bamako (1 of 2)

/ (ˌbæməˈkəʊ) /


the capital of Mali, in the south, on the River Niger. Pop: 1 379 000 (2005 est)

British Dictionary definitions for bamako (2 of 2)

/ (ˈmɑːlɪ) /


a landlocked republic in West Africa: conquered by the French by 1898 and incorporated (as French Sudan) into French West Africa; became independent in 1960; settled chiefly in the basins of the Rivers Senegal and Niger in the south. Official language: French. Religion: Muslim majority, also animist. Currency: franc. Capital: Bamako. Pop: 15 968 882 (2013 est). Area: 1 248 574 sq km (482 077 sq miles)Former name (1898–1959): French Sudan
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Cultural definitions for bamako

[ (mah-lee) ]

Republic in west Africa bordered by Algeria to the north and east, Niger to the east, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast to the south, Guinea to the southwest, Senegal and Mauritania to the west. Its capital is Bamako. It became an independent nation in 1960.

notes for Mali

During the Middle Ages, Mali formed a huge territorial empire, noted as a center of Islamic study and as a trade route for gold. Its center was Timbuktu.
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