- pl. -·des· or -·de· a member of a group of peoples of W Africa, including the Malinkes, Mendes, Susus, etc.
- a group of Congo languages spoken by these peoples
of the Mandes or their languages or cultures
nounpl. Mande or Man·des
- A branch of the Niger-Congo language family, spoken in the upper Niger River valley.
- A member of a Mande-speaking people. In both senses also called Mandingo.
Origin of MandeUltimately from Mandiŋ, Mandeŋ, Mand&etilde;, the traditional name for the Mande homeland in various Mande languages.