- Also called the Taal. an official language of South Africa, developed out of the speech of 17th-century settlers from Holland and still very like Dutch.
- of or relating to Afrikaans or Afrikaners.
Origin of Afrikaans
1895–1900; < Dutch, equivalent to Afrikaan native of Africa + -s -ish1
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- one of the official languages of the Republic of South Africa, closely related to DutchSometimes called: South African Dutch
C20: from Dutch: African
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Word Origin and History for afrikaans
"the Dutch language as spoken in South Africa," 1892, from Dutch Afrikaansch "Africanish" (see Afrikander).
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