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

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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

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“Balante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Balante. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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