Definition of Fon in English:

Fon

Syllabification: Fon
Pronunciation: /fän
 
/

noun (plural same or Fons)

  • 1A member of a people inhabiting the southern part of Benin.
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    • The Fon (founders of the Dahomey kingdom) are the largest group.
    • The most obvious African kin of Caribbean religions are the practices of the Yoruba and the Fon.
    • Worsening relations between expansionist France and the warlike Fon of the West African kingdom of Dahomey came to a head in 1890.
  • 2The Kwa language of the Fon.
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    • Fifty percent of the population speaks Fon.
    • She is a three-time Grammy nominee who sings in English, French and two African languages, Yoruba and Fon.
    • Kidjo sings primarily in the West African languages of Fon and Yoruba.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Fon or their language.
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    • The puppets wear the clothing and regalia of Fon chiefs, attesting to the interethnic community of Nago and Fon peoples.
    • The six Yoruba markings (three on each cheek), and the ten Fon markings (two on each cheek, temples, and forehead) are readily discernible.
    • He painted Avlekete, the Fon spirit of the sea, outside, next to the wall of juxtaposed African and African Diaspora Vodun symbols.

Origin

the name in Fon.

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