Definition of Sranan in US English:



  • another term for Taki-Taki
    • ‘In Sranan only 18 per cent of the words are of English origin, with 4.3 per cent of African origin, 3.2 per cent of Portuguese, and 21.5 per cent of Dutch; 4.3 per cent could be derived from either English or Dutch.’
    • ‘This, at least, is our conclusion, because ever since that time, three hundred years ago, an English-based Creole (called Sranan, Negro-English, Surinaams, or Taki-Taki) has been the national language of Suriname.’
    • ‘The country's national language is Dutch, but many other languages are spoken, including Sranan (the national Creole) and languages specific to various ethnic groups.’


From Taki-Taki Sranan tongo, literally ‘Suriname tongue’.