Benin meaning

bə-nĭn, bĕ-nēn
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 Originally made up of several ancient kingdoms colonized by France in the 19th century, it became independent in 1960 and was renamed Benin in 1975.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.
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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.
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(place) Former native kingdom (fl. 14th-17th cent.) in W Africa, including what came to be known as the Slave Coast.
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(place) Country in WC Africa, on the Bight of Benin: formerly a French territory, it became independent in 1960: 43,483 sq mi (112,620 sq km); caps. Porto Novo (constitutional), Cotonou (administrative)
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(place) N part of the Gulf of Guinea, just west of the Niger delta.
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A country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Benin.
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A former kingdom of western Africa, now part of Nigeria. It flourished from the 14th to the 17th century.
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Origin of benin

  • From Portuguese Benim, transcription of local corruption of Itsekiri ubinu, from Yoruba ile ibinu ("house of vexation").

    From Wiktionary