Men·​de ˈmen-dē How to pronounce Mende (audio)
plural Mende or Mendes
: a Mande language of southern Sierra Leone and eastern Liberia
: a member of a people speaking Mende

Examples of Mende in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kabila’s political coalition, Mende said, had chosen Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the secretary-general of the president’s party, as its candidate for presidential elections scheduled for this December. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Foreign Affairs, 17 Aug. 2018 In addition, staff must adhere to some 500 quality standards across Preferred Hotels and Forbes Consulting Group, another partner in the project, according to commercial director Heli Mende. Blane Bachelor, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2024 The pair spent six years collaborating with Sierra Leonean linguist Koroma and Mende man Edward Benya to reconsider and correct Turner’s original translation. Joshua Kagavi, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024 The band demoed songs in 2020 with engineer Brok Mende, but were forced to put their plans on hold during the pandemic. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 9 Jan. 2024 The 128-foot replica commemorates the events of July 1, 1839, when 53 African men and children from the Mende tribe who were headed to a life of enslavement fought for their freedom and took over the Cuban vessel. Emma Obregon Dominguez,, 13 June 2023 For the new study, the researchers looked at genomic data from living humans, which included people from various groups: the Mende in Sierra Leone, the Nama in South Africa and the Amhara, Oromo and Gumuz groups in Ethiopia, according to Reuters. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Mende was in 1732

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“Mende.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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