Definition of Cameroon in US English:


proper noun

  • A country on the western coast of Africa, between Nigeria and Gabon; population 23,300,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Yaoundé; languages, French and English (official), many local languages, pidgin. French name Cameroun.

    A German protectorate from 1884 until 1916, it was subsequently administered by France and then by Britain as a League of Nations (later United Nations) trusteeship. In 1960, the French part became an independent republic and was joined in 1961 by part of British Cameroon; the remainder became part of Nigeria. Cameroon became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations in 1995