from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A former kingdom of western Africa, now part of Nigeria. It flourished from the 14th to the 17th century.
- A country of western Africa. Originally made up of several ancient kingdoms colonized by France in the 19th century, it became independent in 1960 and was renamed Benin in 1975. Porto-Novo is the capital and Cotonou the largest city. Population: 8,080,000.
- A city of southern Nigeria on the Benin River, about 161 km (100 mi) long. The city is known for its bronze works of art. Population: 1,120,000.
- Bight ofBenin A wide indentation of the Gulf of Guinea in western Africa.
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- proper n. A country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Benin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a country on western coast of Africa; formerly under French control
From Portuguese Benim, transcription of local corruption of Itsekiri ubinu, from Yoruba ile ibinu ("house of vexation"). (Wiktionary)