Bam·​ba·​ra bam-ˈbär-ə How to pronounce Bambara (audio)
plural Bambara or Bambaras
: a member of an African people of the upper Niger
: a Mande language of the Bambara people

Word History


Arabic bambāra, probably ultimately from Bambara bamana, a self-designation

First Known Use

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bambara was in 1764

Dictionary Entries Near Bambara

Cite this Entry

“Bambara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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