[af-ri-kuh-niz-uh m]
  1. something that is characteristic of African culture or tradition.
  2. a word, term, or the like, that has been adopted from an African language.
  3. African culture, ideals, or advancement.

Origin of Africanism

First recorded in 1635–45; African + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for africanism

Historical Examples of africanism

  • I reached my destination without risk or adventure, but had the opportunity of seeing some new phases of Africanism on my arrival.

    Captain Canot

    Brantz Mayer

British Dictionary definitions for africanism


  1. something characteristic of Africa or Africans, esp a characteristic feature of an African language when introduced into a non-African language
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