- Formerly Dahomey. a republic in W Africa: formerly part of French West Africa; gained independence in 1960. 44,290 sq. mi. (114,711 sq. km). Capital: Porto Novo.
- Bight of, a bay in N Gulf of Guinea in W Africa.
- a former native kingdom in W Africa: now incorporated into Nigeria.
- a river in S Nigeria, flowing into the Bight of Benin.
Examples from the Web for benin
At the Global awards ceremony, musical artists set the crowd on fire, especially Benin singer Angelique Kidjo.Bill Clinton, Loretta Claiborne: Best Moments From 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (Video)
September 25, 2012
The rain came down as it can come only in the Bight of Benin.
He went into Benin City with the English when they cleaned out the town.Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales
Charles B. Cory
On the 26th November, 1825, the expedition arrived in the Bight of Benin.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
In Benin, where I was employed, I am certain it was often the case.The Guinea Voyage
James Field Stanfield
Benin had commanded that Blondine should never be left alone with the queen.Old French Fairy Tales
Comtesse de Sgur
- a republic in W Africa, on the Bight of Benin, a section of the Gulf of Guinea: in the early 19th century a powerful kingdom, famed for its women warriors; became a French colony in 1893, gaining independence in 1960. It consists chiefly of coastal lagoons and swamps in the south, a fertile plain and marshes in the centre, and the Atakora Mountains in the northwest. Official language: French. Religion: animist majority. Currency: franc. Capital: Porto Novo (the government is based in Cotonou). Pop: 9 877 292 (2013 est). Area: 112 622 sq km (43 474 sq miles)Former name (until 1975): Dahomey
- a former kingdom of W Africa, powerful from the 14th to the 17th centuries: now a province of S Nigeria: noted for its bronzes
Word Origin and History for benin
former West African kingdom, from the Bini people, whose name is perhaps related to Arabic bani "sons." Though now the people is associated with Nigeria, the name was taken 1974 by the former nation of Dahomey.