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from Sanskrit Simhapuram "Lion City," from simhah "lion" + puram "city," from PIE *pele- "citadel, fortified high place" (see polis (n.)). The name is perhaps metaphoric of something, as no lions are found there. Singapore sling attested from 1930; said on the island to have been invented there 1915 by a barman named Ngian Tong Dron.
Note: A British colony from 1946 to 1959, Singapore then became independent.
Note: Though only 225 square miles in size, it is a major economic power in Asia.
Note: It is one of the world's biggest and busiest ports.