[ 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.
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Origin of Afrikaans
1895–1900; <Dutch, equivalent to Afrikaan native of Africa + -s-ish1
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH AfrikaansAfricans, Afrikaans
Words nearby Afrikaans
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Example sentences from the Web for Afrikaans
At the beginning of 2014, there were editions in 287 languages, ranging from Afrikaans to Žemaitška.
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
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