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

  • A country of western Africa on the Atlantic coast. Inhabited by the Temne when the Portuguese first visited the coast in 1460, the region was later settled by Mande-speaking peoples from present-day Liberia. In 1792 freed slaves were brought from Nova Scotia to found the colony of Freetown, which was transferred to British administration in 1808. The region became a British protectorate in 1896 and achieved independence in 1961. Sierra Leone became a republic in 1971. Freetown is the capital and the largest city. Population: 6,140,000.

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  • proper n. Country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Sierra Leone.

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  • n. a republic in West Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1961


Spanish sierra ("mountain") + leona ("lioness"), from Portuguese serra ("mountain") + leoa ("lioness") (named by Pedro de Sintra in 1462). (Wiktionary)


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