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African

[af-ri-kuh n] /ˈæf rɪ kən/
adjective
1.
Also, Africa. of or from Africa; belonging to the black peoples of Africa.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Africa.
3.
(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.
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  • To us in the North, the African is a comparatively negligible factor.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • Only three things could here interest these seasoned African travellers.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The hot, searching, stifling African day took possession of the world.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The sophisticated African has ceased to be surprised at anything a white man may do.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • African animals are subject to these strange, blind panics, especially at night.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for African

African

/ˈæfrɪkən/
adjective
1.
denoting or relating to Africa or any of its peoples, languages, nations, etc
noun
2.
a native, inhabitant, or citizen of any of the countries of Africa
3.
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
n.

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.

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