Definition of Papiamentu in English:

Papiamentu

(also Papiamento)

noun

  • A Spanish Creole language with admixtures of Portuguese and Dutch, spoken on the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.

    • ‘The description of the interdependence of tonal and stress features in Papiamentu provides important insights on the genesis of mixed Creole systems in which these suprasegmental features are phonologically distinctive.’
    • ‘Although Papiamentu is the mother tongue for large segments (up to 90 percent) of the population of the Dutch Leeward Antilles chain of islands, the Afro-Portuguese Creole language... was suppressed for centuries by the colonial powers in favor of Dutch.’

Origin

From Spanish Papiamento.

Pronunciation

Papiamentu

/ˌpäpyəˈmento͞o/