Sierra Leone


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Sierra Leone

Si·er·ra Le·one

(sē-ĕr′ə lē-ōn′, -ō′nē)
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.

Si·er′ra Le·o′ne·an adj. & n.

Sierra Leone

(sɪˈɛərə lɪˈəʊnɪ; lɪˈəʊn)
n
(Placename) a republic in W Africa, on the Atlantic: became a British colony in 1808 and gained independence (within the Commonwealth) in 1961; declared a republic in 1971; became a one-party state in 1978; multiparty democracy restored in 1991 but military rule was imposed following a coup in 1992 which led to a civil war that lasted until 2002 in which two million people were displaced; consists of coastal swamps rising to a plateau in the east. Official language: English. Religion: Muslim majority and animist. Currency: leone. Capital: Freetown. Pop: 5 612 685 (2013 est). Area: 71 740 sq km (27 699 sq miles)

Si•er•ra Le•o•ne

(siˈɛr ə liˈoʊ ni, liˈoʊn)
n.
a republic in W Africa: member of the Commonwealth; former British colony and protectorate. 5,296,651; 27,925 sq. mi. (72,325 sq. km). Cap.: Freetown.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sierra Leone - a republic in West AfricaSierra Leone - a republic in West Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1961
Revolutionary United Front, RUF - a terrorist group formed in the 1980s in Sierra Leone; seeks to overthrow the government and gain control of the diamond producing regions; responsible for attacks on civilians and children, widespread torture and murder and using children to commit atrocities; sponsored by the president of Liberia
capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown - port city and the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Sierra Leonean - a native or inhabitant of Sierra Leone
Translations
Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
Siera-Leono
Sierra Leone
Sijera Leone
Sierra Leon
シエラレオネ
Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
Serra Leoa
Sierra Leone
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Sierra Leone

[sɪˈɛərəlɪˈəʊn] NSierra f Leona

Sierra Leone

[siˌɛərəlɪˈəʊn siˌɛərəlɪˈəʊni] nSierra Leone m or f

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Sierra Leone

[sɪˈɛərəlɪˈəʊnɪ] nSierra Leone f
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But then the Nautilus swerved again, and sought the lowest depth of a submarine valley which is between this Cape and Sierra Leone on the African coast.
We are at the mercy of very variable winds; but I should think myself fortunate were we to strike it between Sierra Leone and Portendick.
His father was a tireless and devoted member of the group of London anti-slavery workers (Claphamites), and was Secretary of the company which conducted Sierra Leone (the African state for enfranchised negroes); he had also made a private fortune in African trade.
The third man on the staff was a Sierra Leone nigger, who maintained that his name was Henry Price.
On the whole, as the wind was coming round to the north, we thought that Sierra Leone might be best, and turned our head in that direction, the bark being at that time nearly hull down on our starboard quarter.
If it appeared that he had spoken truly, the captain could be turned out of the house without noising the matter abroad, and they could easily account to the Porkenhams for his disappearance, by saying that he had been appointed, through the Court influence of his family, to the governor- generalship of Sierra Leone, of Saugur Point, or any other of those salubrious climates which enchant Europeans so much, that when they once get there, they can hardly ever prevail upon themselves to come back again.
EXCEPTIONAL TIES: Sierra Leone Ambassador Alhaji Mohamed Sillah Kargbo sees scope for improved relations with the Kingdom.
Today, we celebrate another step forward, a new partnership that will lay the groundwork for sustainable economic growth at a critical moment in Sierra Leone s history.
WHO representative in Sierra Leone Dr Anders Nordstrom joined president Ernest Bai Koroma for an official ceremony to mark the date at the Bintumani Conference Centre, Freetown, yesterday.
It is a real honour to be making a difference in Sierra Leone.
Banbury, who ends his term officially today, flew from Liberia to Sierra Leone, first visiting the National Emergency Response Centre (NERC) in Makeni, which among other coordinating functions, is handling safe burials of deceased Ebola patients.
AMR Gold's exploration team has recently joined the Government of Sierra Leone in efforts to eradicate the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease which has claimed the lives of more than one thousand Sierra Leoneans.

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