an official language of South Africa, developed from 17th-cent. Dutch
Origin of AfrikaansAfrikaans ; from Afrika, Africa
A language that developed from 17th-century Dutch and is an official language of South Africa. Also called Taal.
Of or relating to Afrikaans or Afrikaners.
Origin of AfrikaansAfrikaans, from Dutch Afrikaansch, African, from Latin &Amacron;fricanus; see Afrikaner.
- A Germanic language descending from Dutch; the primary language of the descendants of Dutch and other European settlers, as well as many mixed-race (e.g. Rehoboth Basters) living in South Africa and in Namibia. Also, one of the eleven official languages of South Africa and until 1990 one of three official languages of Namibia.
- A term sometimes used of people from South Africa and Namibia (who speak Afrikaans), more properly called "Afrikaans people" or Afrikaners.
- Of or pertaining to the Afrikaans language.