Definition of Guinea-Bissau in US English:


proper noun

  • A country on the western coast of Africa, between Senegal and Guinea; population 1,800,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Bissau; languages, Portuguese (official), West African languages, Creoles.

The area, a center of the slave trade, was explored by the Portuguese in the 15th century. Formerly called Portuguese Guinea, it became a colony in 1879 and the independent republic of Guinea-Bissau in 1974. A military coup in 1980 brought continuing unrest