African meaning

ăfrĭ-kən
Of or relating to Africa or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
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A native or inhabitant of Africa.
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A person of African ancestry.
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Of Africa, esp. sub-Saharan Africa, or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
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A member of an indigenous ethnic group of Africa, esp. sub-Saharan Africa.
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A person born or living in Africa.
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Of or pertaining to Africa.
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A native of Africa; also one ethnologically belonging to an African race.

Maghrebis and Subsaharans constitute the majority of Africans.

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Origin of african

  • As a noun in Old English as Africanas "Africans" (only plural). From Latin Africānae. In Middle English as Aufrican . Early Modern English Aphricane, Africans. The adjective appears in the 16th century, as Affricane, Africane, African.

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  • Latin Africus is from Afri (singular Afer), the name of an ancient people of North Africa (near Carthage, in modern Tunisia), with the suffix -icus. Africānus is formed by addition of the -ānus suffix.

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