Definition of Sierra Leone in English:

Sierra Leone

proper noun

  • A country on the coast of West Africa; population 6,500,000 (estimated 2015); languages, English (official), English Creole, Temne, and other West African languages; capital, Freetown.

An area of British influence from the late 18th century, the district around Freetown on the coast became a colony in 1807, serving as a centre for operations against slave traders. The large inland territory was not declared a protectorate until 1896. Sierra Leone achieved independence within the Commonwealth in 1961 but was suspended from the organization between 1997 and 2001 following military coups in 1992 and 1997

Pronunciation

Sierra Leone

/lɪˈəʊn/