Definition of Côte d'Ivoire in US English:

Côte d'Ivoire

proper noun

  • A country in West Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea; population 22,700,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Yamoussoukro; languages, French (official) and West African languages.

    The area was explored by the Portuguese in the late 15th century. Subsequently, it was disputed over by traders from various European countries, who mainly sought ivory and slaves. Made a French protectorate in 1842, it became a fully independent republic in 1960

    Also called Ivory Coast

Pronunciation

Côte d'Ivoire

/ˌkōt dēvˈwär//ˌkoʊt divˈwɑr/