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Tonton Macoute Syllabification: Ton·ton Ma·coute
Pronunciation: /ˌtôntôn məˈko͞ot/

Definition of Tonton Macoute in English:

noun (plural Tontons Macoutes pronounced same)

A member of a notoriously brutal militia formed by President François Duvalier of Haiti, active from 1961 to 1986.
Example sentences
  • And sure enough, last week both soldiers and Tonton Macoute were indeed less visible in Port-au-Prince.
  • Franck Romain, mayor of Port-au-Prince, a leader of the Tontons Macoutes was accused of directing the attack.
  • The funeral singer's father was arrested by the Tonton Macoute.


Haitian French, apparently with reference to an ogre of folk tales.

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