[ af-ri-kuh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈæf rɪ kəˌnɪz əm /


something that is characteristic of African culture or tradition.
a word, term, or the like, that has been adopted from an African language.
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. 2020

Examples from the Web for 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

/ (ˈæfrɪkəˌnɪzəm) /


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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