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Malinke Syllabification: Ma·lin·ke
Pronunciation: /məˈliNGkā/

Definition of Malinke in English:

noun (plural same or Malinkes)

1A member of a people living mainly in Senegal, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
Example sentences
  • The Malinkes of Upper Guinea trace their ancestry to the founders of the great Mali Empire.
  • Tea-time is an important break for the Malinke.
  • The Mande peoples are comprised primarily of the Malinke, Bambara, and Juula.
2The Mande language of the Malinke.
Example sentences
  • We don't speak Malinke, we don't farm.
  • Captain Peroz was one of few French officers who spoke Malinke.


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Relating to the Malinke or their language.
Example sentences
  • The group's name means ‘one skin’ in the Malinke language.
  • He was learning to play traditional Malinke drum music.
  • Since the nations where the Malinke are found today have many other tribal peoples, it is likely that the school teachers are of a different ethnic group and do not speak the Malinke language.


The name in Malinke.

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