Origin of AfrikaansAfrikaans from Afrika, Africa
Origin of AfrikaansAfrikaans from Dutch Afrikaansch African from Latin &Amacron;fricānus ; 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.