Definition of Malinke in English:


Line breaks: Ma|linke
Pronunciation: /məˈlɪŋkeɪ

noun (plural same or Malinkes)

  • 1A member of a West African people living mainly in Senegal, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
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    • 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.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Mande language of the Malinke, with abut 800,000 speakers.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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