[ 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 confused

Africans 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
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