Ghana

[gah-nuh, gan-uh]
noun
  1. a republic in West Africa comprising the former colonies of the Gold Coast and Ashanti, the protectorate of the Northern Territories, and the U.N. trusteeship of British Togoland: member of the Commonwealth of Nations since 1957. 91,843 sq. mi. (237,873 sq. km). Capital: Accra.
  2. Kingdom of, a medieval W African empire extending from near the Atlantic coast almost to Timbuktu; flourished from about the 9th to 12th centuries.
Related formsGha·na·ian, Gha·ni·an [gah-nee-uh n, gan-ee-] /ˈgɑ ni ən, ˈgæn i-/, noun, adjectivepro-Gha·na, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ghana

Ghana

noun
  1. a republic in W Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea: a powerful empire from the 4th to the 13th centuries; a major source of gold and slaves for Europeans after 1471; British colony of the Gold Coast established in 1874; united with British Togoland in 1957 and became a republic and a member of the Commonwealth in 1960. Official language: English. Religions: Christian, Muslim, and animist. Currency: cedi. Capital: Accra. Pop: 25 199 609 (2013 est). Area: 238 539 sq km (92 100 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for ghana

Ghana

since 1957, name of the former Gold Coast; from the name of a former tribal chieftain, whose name itself is a form of a royal title, hence, "king."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ghana in Culture

Ghana

[(gah-nuh)]

Nation in western Africa bordered to the north by Burkina Faso, to the east by Togo, to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west by the Ivory Coast. Its capital and largest city is Accra.

Note

It was colonized as the Gold Coast by Britain.
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