noun (plural same or Temnes)
1A member of a people of Sierra Leone.
- In 1841, illegally captured Mendes, Temnes, and members of other tribes managed to take control of their slave ship, the Amistad.
- Among the Temne of Africa it can take days to fashion a hairstyle.
- The Portuguese navigator Pedro de Cintra reached it in 1462, at about the time the Temne, its chief inhabitants, were reaching the coast.
2 [mass noun] The Niger-Congo language of the Temne, the main language of Sierra Leone, with about 1 million speakers.
- Krio, Mende and Temne are widely spoken, with Krio being the lingua franca.
- You probably don't speak Temne yourself, so there are a few questions you'll need to consider when choosing a translation company.
- For example, if both parents speak Temne and Mende the child becomes bilingual in those languages and, usually, the widely used Krio language.
Relating to the Temne or their language.
- In 1562, Temne warriors reneged on a deal with a European slave trader and drove him away with a fleet of war canoes.
- The analysis of Temne perceptions of the occult is particularly welcome.
- For instance, Loko people will admit to being heavily culturally influenced by the Temne people surrounding them, the Krim and the Gola by Sierra Leone
The name in Temne.
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