African

[af-ri-kuh n]
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Africa.
  2. (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 formsAf·ri·can·ness, nounin·ter-Af·ri·can, adjectivenon-Af·ri·can, adjective, nounpro·Af·ri·can, adjective, nounpseu·do-Af·ri·can, adjective, nountrans-Af·ri·can, adjective
Can be confusedAfricans Afrikaans
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Related Words for african

Afro-American, Negro, African

Examples from the Web for african

Contemporary Examples of african

Historical Examples of african

  • 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 sophisticated African has ceased to be surprised at anything a white man may do.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The hot, searching, stifling African day took possession of the world.

    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

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

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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