Definition of Fon in English:

Fon

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Pronunciation: /fɒn
 
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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.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Fon, belonging to the Kwa group, with about 1 million speakers.
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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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