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Krio

Syllabification: Kri·o
Pronunciation: /ˈkrēō
 
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Definition of Krio in English:

noun

An English-based Creole language of Sierra Leone. It is the first language of about 350,000 people and is used as a lingua franca by over 3 million.
Example sentences
  • The grammar and pronunciation of Krio are similar to many African languages.
  • Krio, Mende and Temne are widely spoken, with Krio being the lingua franca.
  • His English is virtually nonexistent, and his Krio, the local language, is inflected with his native Italian.

adjective

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Relating to Krio.
Example sentences
  • On the phone to someone who has spent several extended periods working in Sierra Leone - I mentioned that website of Krio proverbs which I linked to a couple of weeks ago, and quoted her an example.
  • Creole authors have pioneered a growing literature in the Krio language.

Origin

probably an alteration of Creole.

Words that rhyme with Krio

brio, Clio, Leo, Milhaud, Rio, Theo, trio

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