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Sierra Leone Syllabification: Si·er·ra Le·one
Pronunciation: /sēˌerə lēˈōn/

Definition of Sierra Leone in English:

A country on the coast of West Africa; population 5,132,100 (est. 2009); capital, Freetown; languages, English (official), English Creole, Temne, and other West African languages.

An area of British influence from the late 18th century, the district around Freetown on the coast became a colony in 1807, serving as a center for operations against slave traders. The large inland territory was not declared a protectorate until 1896. Sierra Leone achieved independence within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1961 but was suspended from the organization in 1997 following military coups in 1992 and 1997. National elections were held in 2002, and UN peacekeepers withdrew in 2004, but the situation remained unstable


Sierra Leonean

Pronunciation: /sēˌerə lēˈōnēən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • This documentary trailer about a Sierra Leonean group, The Refugee All Stars, is a powerful piece of film.
  • Regardless of family religion, a Sierra Leonean infant is presented to the community one week after birth in a ceremony called Pull-na-door (put out the door).
  • Another cameraman, Gugulakhe Radebe, is from South Africa and the fourth is Sorious Samoura, a Sierra Leonean filmmaker.

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