[ lee-oh-nee, lee-ohn ]
/ liˈoʊ ni, liˈoʊn /
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.
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Related formsSier·ra Le·o·ne·an [lee-oh-nee-uh n] /liˈoʊ ni ən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sierra leone
/ (sɪˈɛərə lɪˈəʊnɪ, lɪˈəʊn) /
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)
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Culture definitions for sierra leone
[ (see-er-uh lee-ohn, lee-oh-nee) ]
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