[ mahn-dey ]
/ ˈmɑn deɪ /
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a branch of the Niger-Congo subfamily of languages, spoken in western Africa and including Mende, Malinke, Bambara, and Kpelle.
a member of any of the peoples who speak these languages.
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Also called Mandingo.
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How to use Mande in a sentence
The Mande linguistic group…is believed to have entered the area from the northern savannas in the 15th century.'And So Liberia Was Born'|Ellen Johnson Sirleaf|April 1, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Voyez l'efficace du sacrement: le lendemain matin, il mande M. de Biancourt et moy, et de nouveau il recommence sa harangue.
It seems to be derived from the racial name Mande, coupled with the suffix nka or nke, meaning “people,” the people of Mande.
It is seemingly a corruption of a term applied to an important section of this group, the Mande-nka or Mande-nga.
Binger states that the manati was the totem of the Mande group, to which perhaps belonged originally the Susu and the Dyula.
Me bium kiacke kuremangrender pene aper mande, buten tschingerde buten trinen marde te man, tshimaster apri butin tshidde.The English Gipsies and Their Language|Charles G. Leland
British Dictionary definitions for Mande
/ (ˈmɑːndeɪ) /
noun plural -de or -des
a group of African languages, a branch of the Niger-Congo family, spoken chiefly in Mali, Guinea, and Sierra Leone
of or relating to this group of languages
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