from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A creole based on Portuguese and pidginized Spanish and spoken in the Netherlands Antilles.

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  • proper n. A Creole language spoken on the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire.


From Papiamentu papia, talk, probably from Portuguese papaguear, papear, to chatter, from papagaio, parrot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • I also loved that English is widely spoken in addition to Dutch, Spanish and your local Creole dialect, Papiamentu -- that mixes Dutch, Spanish, French, Portuguese, English and West African.

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  • If Curaçao had a soundtrack it would be Papiamentu, the island's Creole language, said to be a hybrid of Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English and West African dialects.

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  • "While English and French Creoles get more attention, the extension of Papiamentu into different domains like writing, education and policy is incredibly high," said Bart Jacobs, a

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  • Now the novel is being translated into Papiamentu by Lucille Berry-Haseth, a Curaçaoan poet.

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  • Most of Curaçao's newspapers publish in Papiamentu.

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  • Of 30 or so radio stations here, nearly all broadcast in Papiamentu.

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  • Papiamentu evolved from a Portuguese-based lingua franca once used in West Africa, developing further in the 17th century when Curaçao was an entrepôt for South America's slave trade and a cosmopolitan Dutch outpost settled in part by Portuguese - and Spanish-speaking Jews.

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  • Papiamentu, a Creole language influenced over the centuries by African slaves, Sephardic merchants and Dutch colonists, is now spoken by only about 250,000 people on the islands of

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  • Transforming status quo into law, officials here recognized Papiamentu as an official language in 2007, with Dutch and English.

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  • Bookstores sell novels and poetry collections in Papiamentu.

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