Afrikaans Definition

ăfrĭ-käns, -känz
noun
A language that developed from 17th-century Dutch and is an official language of South Africa.
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An official language of South Africa, developed from 17th-cent. Dutch.
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adjective
Of or relating to Afrikaans or Afrikaners.
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Of or pertaining to the Afrikaans language.
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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.

Wiktionary

A term sometimes used of people from South Africa and Namibia (who speak Afrikaans), more properly called "Afrikaans people" or Afrikaners.

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Origin of Afrikaans

  • Afrikaans from Dutch Afrikaansch African from Latin Āfricānus Afrikaner

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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