Definition of Senegal in US English:


proper noun

  • A country on the coast of West Africa; population 15,100,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Dakar; languages, French (official), Wolof, and other West African languages.

    Part of the Mali empire in the 14th and 15th centuries, the area was colonized by the French and became part of French West Africa in 1895. Briefly a partner in the Federation of Mali (1959), Senegal withdrew and became a fully independent republic in 1960. Gambia forms an enclave within Senegal