Definition of Fante in English:


(also Fanti)


  • 1A member of a people of southern Ghana.

    • ‘Getting trained African staff was a problem because the local natives were, generally speaking, much less educated than the Fantis of the Gold Coast.’
    • ‘The Fante teasingly refer to the Asante as ‘bush people.’’
    • ‘His mother was from the Fante tribe on the Cape Coast of Ghana and his father was half Fante, half Ashanti; Annan could have become a chief of either tribe.’
    • ‘Many coastal Ghanaian peoples like the Fante, Ga, and Ewe have not forgotten Asante violence against them, even though the national history textbooks celebrate Asante resistance against the British.’
    • ‘Both areas are predominantly Akan speaking, but with some cultural variation between the Fante in the Cape Coast area and the Brong of the Techiman area.’
  • 2mass noun The dialect of Akan spoken by the Fante.

    • ‘This was banned from radio play at the time because the radio stations that couldn't speak Ambolley's language, Fanti, assumed that the song was obscene!’
    • ‘While most publications in the Ghanaian and Ghanaian American communities are written in English, some are also written in the Twi dialects of Asante, Fante, and Akwapim and in other languages such as Ewe, Ga, Dagbane, and Nzema.’
    • ‘I can understand, read, and speak Fante and Twi fairly well but have less intricate knowledge of Ga and Bono.’


  • Relating to the Fante or their language.

    • ‘The Asante, Ewe, Fon and Fante peoples provided the bulk of imports into Barbados.’
    • ‘In 1844, Fanti chiefs in the area signed an agreement with the British that became the legal steppingstone to colonial status for the coastal area.’
    • ‘For example, Fante villagers may eat fish and bangu, a fermented corn dish, for breakfast.’
    • ‘A sudden international demand for sugar allowed Jamaica to grow rich and powerful as more and more slaves, mainly Fante, Ashanti, Ibo and Yoruba people, were imported to the island to expand the plantations.’
    • ‘The image recalls the Bentsir oral tradition about the reaction of the Asante army when they first arrived on the Fante coast from the forested interior.’


The name in Akan.