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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of mande

  • The Mande linguistic group…is believed to have entered the area from the northern savannas in the 15th century.

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Historical Examples of mande

British Dictionary definitions for mande


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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