Definition of Mande in US English:


nounPlural Mandes

  • 1A member of any of a large group of peoples of West Africa.

    • ‘Nevertheless, this assortment of studies and texts, added to an already considerable corpus, serves as evidence for the appeal and the importance of the Mande in African studies.’
    • ‘Among the Mande, relationships between mothers and their children are very intense and affectionate, and children of the same mother tend to rely on each other for help over the years.’
  • 2The group of Niger–Congo languages spoken by the Mande, including Malinke, Mende, and Bambara.

    • ‘There are four major ethnic groups: Kru, Akan, Mande and Voltaic.’
    • ‘The African tongues, mostly Mande, influenced Kriolu chiefly in the way that grammar is used.’
    • ‘She mistakenly equates the Wolof language with Mande and refers to the local scene diminutively as ‘folk culture.’’


  • Relating to the Mande or the Mande group of languages.

    • ‘She writes an introduction to a Mande poetry book you can buy in Penguin Classics.’
    • ‘In the first of these two sections, an essay by Jean-Paul Colleyn focusing on the definition of ‘Bamana and Bamanya’ investigates the issue of shifting identities in the Mande area.’
    • ‘To that end he offers a structured argument whose central metaphor or image is the spinning well that lies at the heart of Mande tradition (and is hidden somewhere near Kela).’
    • ‘From precolonial times to the 1960s, the Bamana were distinguished from other Mande peoples such as the Soninke and Mandinka by their resistance to Islam.’
    • ‘Mali was once the centre of the Mande empire that stretched across west Africa, and its culture was passed on through the griots - the hereditary singers who still exist today.’
    • ‘In the north, descendants of early Mande conquerors occupy territory in the northwest, stretching into northern Guinea and Mali.’
    • ‘Koité, from Northwestern Mali, is a member of the hereditary Mande caste of musicians and craftsmen known as jalis.’
    • ‘He's just brought out a new CD entitled ‘Sabou,’ a Mande word meaning ‘cause.’’
    • ‘Zobel looks closely at the question of ‘caste’ and the origins of the system of stratification in traditional Mande society.’
    • ‘M'Bemba is a largely acoustic album with a strong feel for Keita's Mande roots.’
    • ‘The Malinke peoples speak slight variations of the broad Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages.’
    • ‘Stephen Wooten documented recent performances in agrarian communities in the region of the Mande plateau around thirty kilometers from Bamako.’
    • ‘There is also a certain amount of evidence that Kangaba's claim to pre-eminence in the Mande world might be only as recent as the colonial era.’
    • ‘The first is the Mande language group, which resembles Mandinka in structure, and includes Mende, Susu, Yalunka, Koranko, Kono, and Vai.’
    • ‘The event drew interested parties from across the Mande world.’
    • ‘In the west, which is influenced by Mande tradition, blacksmiths and praise singers form caste-like groups and are sometimes feared for their occult powers.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the recorded performances of Mande musicians living in America or Europe exemplify the emergence of new performance contexts for West African music genres at the global level.’
    • ‘Mande languages put their verbs at the end of a sentence.’
    • ‘There are actually many recordings of Mande music and song available in a variety of media.’
    • ‘Brink makes extensive use of native terminology to explain the essence of Mande aesthetics.’


The name in Mande.