Definition of Benin in US English:


proper noun

  • A country in West Africa, just west of Nigeria; population 10,900,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Porto Novo; languages, French (official), West African languages.

    The country was conquered by the French in 1893 and became part of French West Africa. In 1960, it achieved independence

    Former name (until 1975) Dahomey


Name adopted in 1975, formerly used of an African kingdom powerful in the 14th–17th centuries.