Songhai Empire

geographical name Song·hai Empire \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌhī \
variants: or Songhay Empire

Definition of Songhai Empire

a former Muslim empire that was established circa 1000 and was centered on the Niger River town of Gao (now in Mali)
Note: At its greatest extent, early in the 16th century, the Songhai Empire stretched from the Atlantic into present-day Niger and Nigeria. It fell to Moroccan forces in 1591.

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Songhai Empire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!