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[af-ri-kuh n] /ˈæf rɪ kən/
Also, Africa. of or from Africa; belonging to the black peoples of Africa.
a native or inhabitant of Africa.
(loosely) a black or other person of African ancestry.
Origin of African
< Latin Āfricānus, equivalent to Āfric(us) Afric + -ānus -an; compare Middle English Aufrican, Old English Africanas (nominative plural)
Related forms
Africanness, noun
inter-African, adjective
non-African, adjective, noun
proAfrican, adjective, noun
pseudo-African, adjective, noun
trans-African, adjective
Can be confused
Africans, Afrikaans. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for African
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  • After the extirpation of the Indians, the labor of African slaves was introduced.

  • It was not enough that the South was conquered, it must be humiliated by African domination!

    Reminiscences of a Rebel Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  • We touched at two or three places on the African coast, and he had some communication with the Moors.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • Had the grief at his wife's death plunged him into African wilds?

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I had heard the click of the garden gate, and now the majestic figure of the great African explorer appeared upon the path.

British Dictionary definitions for African


denoting or relating to Africa or any of its peoples, languages, nations, etc
a native, inhabitant, or citizen of any of the countries of Africa
a member or descendant of any of the peoples of Africa, esp a Black person
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Word Origin and History for African

Old English Africanas (plural), from Latin Africanus (adj.), from Africa (see Africa). Used of white residents of Africa from 1815; of black residents of the U.S. from 1790. As an adjective, by 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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