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Definition of the noun mande

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noun - plural: Mandes

  1. a group of African languages in the Niger-Congo group spoken from Senegal east as far as the Ivory Coast
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: Niger-Congo = a family of African language spoken in west Africa


Mande is a fictional character from the 1972 film The Black Decameron.


  1. Mande a.k.a. The Mandinka language, or Manding, is a Mandé language spoken by the Mandinka people of Mali, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea-Bissau and Chad; it is the main language of the Gambia. It belongs to the Manding branch of Mandé, and is thus fairly similar to Bambara and Maninka or Malinké. In a majority of areas, it is tonal language with two tones: low and high, although the particular variety spoken in the Gambia and Senegal borders on a pitch accent due to its proximity with non-tonal neighboring languages like Wolof.
  2. Mande a.k.a. The Mande languages are spoken in several countries in West Africa by the Mandé people and include Mandinka, Soninke, Bambara, Dioula, Bozo, Mende, Susu, and Vai. There are millions of speakers, chiefly in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ivory Coast. The Mande languages have traditionally been considered a divergent branch of the Niger–Congo family, though this classification has always been controversial.
  3. Mande a.k.a. Garo Language: Garo, known by the people's own name for themselves, A·chik is the language of the majority of the people of the Garo Hills in the Indian state of Meghalaya. Garo is also used in Kamrup, Dhubri, Goalpara and the Darrang districts of Assam, India as well as in neighboring Bangladesh. Garo uses the Bengali as well as Latin script and has a close affinity to Bodo, the language of one of the dominant communities of the neighbouring state of Assam.
  4. Mande a.k.a. Nomaande Language: The Mandi language, Nomaande, is a Southern Bantoid language of Cameroon.
  5. Mande a.k.a. Maninkakan, Eastern Language is an human language.

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Google previewAmerican and English corporation cases (1890)

The relief de“°"'“'7°"P'* mande is that said defendant Houg(hton be rerlil0n- ...

Google previewAfrican Theatres & Performances (2013)

by Osita Okagbue

Mande refers to a large collection of West African ethnic groups who can be found in Mali, Senegal, the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Liberia. Mali is still regarded as the centre of its ...

Google previewTone and Inflection (2016)

New Facts and New Perspectives by Enrique L. Palancar, Jean Léo Léonard

Introduction Mande is a midrange language family (its time depth ranges between 5000 and 6000 years) presumably belonging to the NigerCongo macrofamily. It comprises more than 70 languages. Practically all Mande languages are ...

Google previewCardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667-1740) and the Vatican Tomb of Pope Alexander VIII (2004)

by Edward J. Olszewski

The long liturgical mande is a frequent vestment for processions, fuller and more august in appearance than the smaller, fiddle-shaped chasuble. Underneath the cope, Alexander wears a softer garment that cascades to the floor. This is the ...

Google previewThe Handbook of Language Contact (2010)

by Raymond Hickey

Mande is a much more unified group, located further inland in an interior swath throughout the western Sahel. Historically and socioculturally the peoples are quite different, but with considerable convergence taking place over time with what ...

Google previewMolecular Biology and Human Diversity (2005)

by Anthony J. Boyce, C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor

The Mande is a subfamily of the large Niger-Congo family spreading from West Africa to Southern Africa. The Mandenkalu are thought to have settled in Eastern Senegal between the fourteenth and sixteenth century during the decline of the ...

Google previewSub-Saharan Africa (2006)

An Environmental History by Gregory Maddox

MMaannddee Mande is a term used for a large family of languages in West Africa .

Google previewThe New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (1910)

Embracing Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology and Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Biography from the Earliest Times to the Present Day by Albert Hauck

Mande refers to Bonaventura's Itinerarium ment-is, more especially to the section de septem itineribus a'term'tatis. Liber de perfecta amori's altitudine et de viis ad eam pmicnfendi, ed. Visser after a Brussels manuscript. De sap/Ida sapientia, ...

Google previewGardeners Chronicle & New Horticulturist (1878)

Mande is a little later in coming into bloom, and is altogether a different stamp of plant, having a sturdy vigorous habit, with bold leaves, extremely floriferous characteristics, and rich deep crimson colour. Neither of them are ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Sierra Leone (2006)

by Magbaily C. Fyle

The Kono and the Vai are believed to be branches of the same splinter group from the main Mande family that moved southward into the interior of Sierra Leone, separated at one point from each other. It is believed that those who stayed in the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (2013)

2-volume set by Robert Wuthnow

The Mande world is an area in subSaharan West Africa that covers large parts of Mali, Guinea, GuineaBissau, The Gambia, Senegal, Cote d'lvoire, and Sierra Leone. It is inhabited by linguistically and culturally related ethnic groups who ...

Google previewWorld Lexicon of Grammaticalization (2002)

by Bernd Heine, Tania Kuteva

Dravidian Malinke; Mande, Niger-Congo Maltese; Semitic, Afroasiatic Malti; unclassified Mamvu; Central Sudanic, Nilo-Saharan Manam; Oceanic, Austronesian Mandan; Siouan, Keresiouan Mandara; Chadic, Afroasiatic Mandarin Chinese; ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Linguistics (2013)

by Philipp Strazny

Mande. languages. same (apparently from the time of Proto-Indo-European) in both the singular and the plural (as well as the dual). The verb in Latvian has three tenses (present, preterite, and future). Distinct characteristics are the descriptive ...

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