[ af-ri-kuh-niz-uhm ]

  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.

  1. African culture, ideals, or advancement.

Origin of Africanism

First recorded in 1635–45; African + -ism

Words Nearby Africanism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Africanism in a sentence

  • 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) /

  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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