Balante

noun Ba·lante \bəˈlänt\
variants: less commonly

Balanta

\-lantə\

Definition of Balante

plural

Balante

or

Balantes

also

Balanta

or

Balantas

  1. 1a :  a Sudanese people of French Senegal and Angola b :  a member of such people

  2. 2 :  the West-Atlantic language of the Balante people

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Origin and Etymology of balante

Balante from French; Balanta from Portuguese


First Known Use: circa 1895


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