- 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.
Also called Mandingo.
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Examples from the Web for mande
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
In "Cacique Caonabo," we have three Mande words in juxtaposition.
It seems to be derived from the racial name Mande, coupled with the suffix nka or nke, meaning “people,” the people of Mande.
Binger states that the manati was the totem of the Mande group, to which perhaps belonged originally the Susu and the Dyula.
- 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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