Definition of Bambara in English:

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Pronunciation: /bamˈbɑːrə/

noun (plural same or Bambaras)

1A member of a West African people living chiefly in Mali.
Example sentences
  • This synthesis of spiritual worldviews is not unique to Hausa Islam, but is found in most other Afro-Islamic communities, such as those of the Somali, the Swahili, and the Bambara.
  • The term ‘Mande’ frequently refers to a group of closely related languages spoken by the Malinke and other west African peoples such as the Bambara, the Soninke, and the Dyula.
  • The Mande peoples are comprised primarily of the Malinke, Bambara, and Juula.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Bambara, belonging to the Mande group. It has about 1.5 million speakers.
Example sentences
  • As well as different musical languages, French, English and Bambara add more diversity to the lyrical mix.
  • There were two French hymns, one Tamashek, one Bambara and one Songhai hymn.
  • But this means that we should expect that dozens of other Black English words had been traced to, say, Bambara, Mende, Twi, Yoruba, Efik, Umbundu, and so on.


Relating to the Bambara or their language.
Example sentences
  • I went to Mali, where Touaregs were the laughing stock of the ethnic Bambara tribe.
  • The head of one of these figures, in fact, is a further stylization of the graceful curvature traditional to Bambara antelope masks.
  • Yeelen, based on an actual myth, tells the story of a young man of the Bambara tribe in 13th century Mali.

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