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noun, plural Man·din·gos, Man·din·goes for 1.
  1. a member of any of a number of peoples forming an extensive linguistic group in western Africa.
  2. Mande.
  3. Malinke.
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Examples from the Web for mandingo

Historical Examples

  • “Never eat any thing that a Mandingo offers you,” said Esther.

    Captain Canot

    Brantz Mayer

  • The Mandingo speech is heard from the Senegal to the Joliba.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • The Susu, although said to be Fulah, are certainly Mandingo.

  • Scotland had a daughter with him, Moody and Mandingo Jim, both had their wives with them.

    Journal of Voyages

    Jacob Dunham

  • There was the tawny, but intelligent Mandingo, and by his side the Jolof of ebon hue.

    The Maroon

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for mandingo


noun plural -gos or -goes
  1. a former name for Mande, Malinke
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Word Origin and History for mandingo


people of the upper Niger region of West Africa, 1620s.

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