Definition of Mandinka in US English:


nounPlural Mandinkas

  • 1A member of a people living mainly in Senegal, Gambia, and Sierra Leone.

    • ‘‘Musso’ is Mandinka for female.’
    • ‘As well as being victims of slave takers, some Mandinkas carried on extensive trade in slaves.’
    • ‘The principal ethnic groups are the Wollofs and the Mandinkas.’
    • ‘To make this recording, he returned to the Mandinka village Warang, where he played frequently before joining the National Ballet.’
    • ‘The first son to Omoro and Binta, Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka, is born around 1750 in Juffure along the Gambia River.’
    • ‘The Wolof and the Mandinka are the major ethnic groups.’
    • ‘Because the Mandinka rely on their crops for food, little profit is made from them.’
    • ‘The largest group are the Mandinkas, followed by the Fula, Wollof, Jola and Sarahuli.’
  • 2The Mande language of the Mandinka.

    • ‘James made some close friends with boys of his own age during his stay and said: ‘Although they speak in Mandinka most of the time they write in English.’’
    • ‘The currency used is the dalasi, with an official language being English and seven local languages, namely Mandinka, Wollof, Fula, Jola, Sarahule, Serere, Manjango.’
    • ‘In an appendix she offers some samples of women's songs in Mandinka and in English, all of which seem intended for occasions such as a naming ceremony or a circumcision.’
    • ‘They are published in the original Mandinka with facing English translations.’
    • ‘The first is the Mande language group, which resembles Mandinka in structure, and includes Mende, Susu, Yalunka, Koranko, Kono, and Vai.’


  • Relating to the Mandinka or their language.

    • ‘Today, the story of Sundiata is found not only among his native Mandinka people, but throughout the entire Mandingo language group which is spoken in Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, and Gambia.’
    • ‘In the novel, Kunta Kinte is depicted in heroic fashion, intelligent, resourceful, introspective, and courageous, a Mandinka warrior who never abandons his Islamic faith.’
    • ‘Tomorrow night from 8.30 pm, Gambian outfit Bajaly Souso, featuring a kora player and artists from the Mandinka culture, perform.’
    • ‘Salif Keita goes back to Mali and his Mandinka roots.’
    • ‘A few years later, the Mandinka village is under the rule of a puppet king controlled by Sumanguru.’
    • ‘This West African diva is the most famous female singer of the Mandinka people with a vibrant spirit and powerful vocals.’
    • ‘I have not ever have been a member of the Mandinka tribe of Gambia - but I do have great respect for their theological beliefs.’


The name in Mandinka.