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Bambara Syllabification: Bam·ba·ra
Pronunciation: /bämˈbärə/

Definition of Bambara in English:

noun (plural same or Bambaras)

1A member of an indigenous people living chiefly in Mali.
Example sentences
  • This synthesis of spiritual worldviews is not unique to Hausa Islam, but is found in most other Afro-Islamic communities, such as those of the Somali, the Swahili, and the Bambara.
  • The term ‘Mande’ frequently refers to a group of closely related languages spoken by the Malinke and other west African peoples such as the Bambara, the Soninke, and the Dyula.
  • The Mande peoples are comprised primarily of the Malinke, Bambara, and Juula.
1.1The language of the Bambara, belonging to the Mande group.
Example sentences
  • As well as different musical languages, French, English and Bambara add more diversity to the lyrical mix.
  • There were two French hymns, one Tamashek, one Bambara and one Songhai hymn.
  • But this means that we should expect that dozens of other Black English words had been traced to, say, Bambara, Mende, Twi, Yoruba, Efik, Umbundu, and so on.


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Relating to the Bambara or their language.
Example sentences
  • I went to Mali, where Touaregs were the laughing stock of the ethnic Bambara tribe.
  • The head of one of these figures, in fact, is a further stylization of the graceful curvature traditional to Bambara antelope masks.
  • Yeelen, based on an actual myth, tells the story of a young man of the Bambara tribe in 13th century Mali.

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