[ af-ri-kahns, -kahnz ]
/ ˌæf rɪˈkɑns, -ˈkɑnz /


Also called the Taal. an official language of South Africa, developed out of the speech of 17th-century settlers from Holland and still very like Dutch.


of or relating to Afrikaans or Afrikaners.

Origin of Afrikaans

1895–1900; < Dutch, equivalent to Afrikaan native of Africa + -s -ish1
Can be confusedAfricans Afrikaans Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for afrikaans


/ (ˌæfrɪˈkɑːns, -ˈkɑːnz) /


one of the official languages of the Republic of South Africa, closely related to DutchSometimes called: South African Dutch

Word Origin for Afrikaans

C20: from Dutch: African
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for afrikaans



"the Dutch language as spoken in South Africa," 1892, from Dutch Afrikaansch "Africanish" (see Afrikander).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper