Balante

noun
Ba·​lante | \bəˈlänt\
variants: or less commonly Balanta \ -​lantə \
plural Balante or Balantes also Balanta or Balantas

Definition of Balante 

1a : a Sudanese people of French Senegal and Angola

b : a member of such people

2 : the West-Atlantic language of the Balante people

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of Balante

circa 1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Balante

Balante from French; Balanta from Portuguese

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Balante

Dictionary Entries near Balante

Balanophoraceae

balanophore

Balanops

Balante

Balanus

balao

balas

Statistics for Balante

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Balante

The first known use of Balante was circa 1895

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on Balante

See words that rhyme with Balante

Comments on Balante

What made you want to look up Balante? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to express warning or disapproval

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!