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 (pä′pyə-mĕn′to͞o) also Pa·pia·men·to (-tō)
A creole based on Portuguese and pidginized Spanish and spoken in the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.

[From Papiamentu papia, talk, probably from Portuguese papaguear, papear, to chatter, from papagaio, parrot.]
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(Spanish papjaˈmento)
(Languages) a creolized Spanish spoken in the Netherlands Antilles
[Spanish, from papia talk]
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(ˌpɑ pyəˈmɛn toʊ)

also Pa•pia•men•tu


a Spanish-based creole spoken on Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles.
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The island is a Dutch overseas dependency and the islanders speak four languages (Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamento).
It's a greeting spoken in the littleknown creole language of Papiamento, a mishmash of Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.
?No es posible concebir una literatura americana futura que se exprese en varias lenguas, europeas y no europeas, como es el caso de las literaturas del Gran Caribe, en donde se habla y escribe, ademas de las lenguas europeas, wayuunaiki, gunadule, garifuna, iku, kaggaba, kriol (de base inglesa), creol (de base francesa), papiamento (de base holandesa), palenque (creolde base espanola)?
Written predominantly in Papiamento, posters circulated in San Nicolas contained messages such as "Women of Aruba!
He speaks English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento, the last a Creole language spoken in Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire.
And she speaks five languages (English, Spanish, Dutch, Papiamento, a dialect of the island; and Italian).