Definition of Papiamentu in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpäpyəˈmento͞o/

Entry from US English dictionary

(also Papiamento /-tō/)


A Spanish Creole language with admixtures of Portuguese and Dutch, spoken on the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.
Example sentences
  • The description of the interdependence of tonal and stress features in Papiamentu provides important insights on the genesis of mixed Creole systems in which these suprasegmental features are phonologically distinctive.
  • Although Papiamentu is the mother tongue for large segments (up to 90 percent) of the population of the Dutch Leeward Antilles chain of islands, the Afro-Portuguese Creole language... was suppressed for centuries by the colonial powers in favor of Dutch.


From Spanish Papiamento.

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Syllabification: Pa·pia·men·tu

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