Benin[be nēn′, -nin′]
The flag of Benin or Dahomey.
- former native kingdom (fl. 14th-17th cent.) in W Africa, including what came to be known as the Slave Coast
- country in WC Africa, on the Bight of Benin: formerly a French territory, it became independent in 1960: 43,484 sq mi (112,622 sq km); pop. 4,855,000; cap. Porto Novo
- N part of the Gulf of Guinea, just west of the Niger delta
- A former kingdom of western Africa, now part of Nigeria. It flourished from the 14th to the 17th century.
- Formerly Da·ho·mey A country of western Africa. Originally made up of several ancient kingdoms colonized by France in the 19th century, it became independent in 1960 and was renamed Benin in 1975. Porto-Novo is the capital and Cotonou the largest city.
- also Benin City A city of southern Nigeria near the Benin River, about 160 km (100 mi) long. The city is known for its bronze works of art.
- A country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Benin.
OriginSee also: Bénin