- a seaport in and the capital of Sierra Leone, in W Africa.
- an independent republic in W Africa: member of the Commonwealth of Nations; formerly a British colony and protectorate. 27,925 sq. mi. (72,326 sq. km). Capital: Freetown.
Examples from the Web for freetown
When Ebola worsened in Freetown, Salia could have chosen to return to safety in Maryland.
Walking around Freetown as he speaks to me on the phone, the typically upbeat Pratt sounds frustrated.
Corruption, suspicion, and a lack of doctors all add up to a growing calamity in Freetown.In Sierra Leone, the Plague Is Closing in Around Us
October 13, 2014
In middle school, the young boy would scavenge nearby trash yards in the capital of Freetown to find parts for his inventions.Why the Clintons Love Sierra Leone’s Boy Genius
September 26, 2013
The court also found that Taylor participated in the planning of attacks, including one on the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown.War Criminal Charles Taylor’s Daughter Defends Her Dad
Robtel Neajai Pailey
April 27, 2012
Freetown, the capital, is built on a peninsula about eighteen miles long.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Religion was vital in his life; he tried to foster it from Westport to Freetown.
In Gloucester, three miles from Freetown, 700, all liberated Africans.
In Wilberforce, two miles and a half from Freetown, 100, all liberated Africans.
In Freetown alone, there are between 5000 and 6000 coloured men, all of whom are free.
- the capital and chief port of Sierra Leone: founded in 1787 for slaves freed and destitute in England. Pop: 1 007 000 (2005 est)
- a republic in W Africa, on the Atlantic: became a British colony in 1808 and gained independence (within the Commonwealth) in 1961; declared a republic in 1971; became a one-party state in 1978; multiparty democracy restored in 1991 but military rule was imposed following a coup in 1992, which led to civil unrest; consists of coastal swamps rising to a plateau in the east. Official language: English. Religion: Muslim majority and animist. Currency: leone. Capital: Freetown. Pop: 5 612 685 (2013 est). Area: 71 740 sq km (27 699 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for freetown
West African nation, literally "lion mountains," from Spanish sierra "mountain range" (see sierra) + leon "lion" (see lion). Attested from mid-15c. in Portuguese explorers' accounts, and a very early explanation of the name derives it from the "roaring" of thunder in the mountains. Related: Sierra Leonean.