Definition of Namibia in US English:


proper noun

  • A country in southwestern Africa, largely desert, with a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean; population 2,500,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Windhoek; languages, English (official), Afrikaans, and various Bantu and Khoisan languages.

    Namibia was made the protectorate of German South West Africa in 1884. In 1920, it was mandated to South Africa by the League of Nations and became known as South West Africa. Despite international pressure, South Africa continued to administer the country after the ending of the UN mandate in 1964 and agreed to withdraw only after several years of fighting by SWAPO guerrillas. Namibia became fully independent in 1990