[ lah-gohs, ley-gos ]

  1. a seaport in SW Nigeria: former capital.

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British Dictionary definitions for Lagos


/ (ˈleɪɡɒs) /

  1. the former capital and chief port of Nigeria, on the Bight of Benin: first settled in the sixteenth century; a slave market until the nineteenth century; ceded to Britain (1861); university (1962). Pop: 11 135 000 (2005 est)

  2. a state of SW Nigeria. Capital: Ikeja. Pop: 9 013 534 (2006). Area: 3345 sq km (1292 sq miles)

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Cultural definitions for Lagos


[ (lah-gohs, lay-gos) ]

Capital of Nigeria and largest city in the country, located in the southwest corner of Nigeria on the Gulf of Guinea, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean; Nigeria's economic center and chief port.

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