One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a West African people living in Mali and Senegal.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Even the Soninke - who practice double descent - have developed a bias toward the patriline.’
- ‘Some slaves were light-skinned, and Mauritania's black ethnic groups such as the Soninkes or Hal-Pulaars also kept slaves.’
- ‘From the 3rd to 7th centuries, the migration of Berber tribes from North Africa displaced the Bafours, the original inhabitants of present-day Mauritania and the ancestors of the Soninke.’
- ‘Religious wars raged between militant Muslims known as the Marabouts and nonbelievers (known in The Gambia as Soninkes).’
2mass noun The language of the Soninke, which belongs to the Mande group and has about 1 million speakers.
- ‘Black Africans' determination to resist Arabization resulted in the official recognition of Fulani, Soninke, and Wolof as national languages in 1980.’
- ‘Mali has fifteen national languages: Bamana, Bobo, Bozo, Dogon, Juula, Fulfulde, Khassonke, Malinke, Maure, Minianka, Senufo, Soninke, Songhai, Tuareg, and Tukulor.’
Relating to the Soninke or their language.
- ‘Embodying the ‘Islamic way of life’, boubous are worn by Hausa, Fulani, and Soninke merchants.’
- ‘The Ghana Empire, dominated by the Soninke or Saracolé people and centered in the area along the Malian-Mauritanian frontier, was a powerful trading state from about A.D. 700 to 1075.’
The name in Soninke.
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