Definition of Sierra leone
1. Noun. A republic in West Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.
Geographical relationships: Revolutionary United Front, Ruf
Generic synonyms: African Country, African Nation
Terms within: Capital Of Sierra Leone, Freetown
Group relationships: Africa
Member holonyms: Sierra Leonean
Derivative terms: Sierra Leonean
Definition of Sierra leone
1. Proper noun. Country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Sierra Leone. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Medical Definition of Sierra leone
1. A republic in western africa, south of guinea and west of liberia. Its capital is freetown. Its coast was first visited by the portuguese in 1462, later by english slave traders. In 1787 english philanthropists sponsored settlements on the coast for runaway and freed slaves. After a clash with the french in 1893 the region was acquired by treaty in 1895, proclaimed a protectorate in 1896, and achieved independence in 1961. The name is from the spanish sierra (mountain chain) + leone (lion), meaning lion mountains, which refers not to the roar of lions (they are not found in this part of africa) but to the noise from claps of thunder from storm clouds constantly surrounding the mountains. (12 Dec 1998)
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Literary usage of Sierra leone
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1. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"The peninsula of sierra leone, situated on the West Coast of Africa, ... The total area of sierra leone 1ч about 27925 sq. mues, and the total population ..."
2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"The colony proper is limited to the sierra leone peninsula. It was the place whence in 1562 the first slaves were taken to the West Indies under the British ..."
3. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1892)
"sierra leone and the Interior, to the Upper Waters of the Niger. ... THE approach to sierra leone from the sea in the daytime is extremely beautiful. ..."
4. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"Brief mention may be made of the colony established by the sierra leone ... It must be confessed that sierra leone failed to realise the hopes of its ..."
5. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1828)
"1817, Army, . 954 Jin. 4th 1817, to Jan. 4th 1824, None. Navy, . 32 Grand Total at sierra leone, 2954 In the journals of the House of Commons, vol. ..."