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British Dictionary definitions for voortrekker


noun (in South Africa)
  1. one of the original Afrikaner settlers of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State who migrated from the Cape Colony in the 1830s
  2. a member of the Afrikaner youth movement founded in 1931
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Word Origin

C19: from Dutch, from voor- fore- + trekken to trek
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Examples from the Web for voortrekker

Historical Examples

  • His father was a voortrekker, and the great Sarel was a far-out cousin.

    The African Colony

    John Buchan

  • Among the dead was the renowned Sarel Cilliers, grandson of the worthy "voortrekker" of the same name.

    Three Years' War

    Christiaan Rudolf de Wet

  • Later in the day I had the pleasure of visiting the farm of that stalwart "voortrekker," Sarel Cellier.