[ 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.
Which Words Did English Take From Other Languages?English—is one of the most incredible, flavorfully-complex melting pots of linguistic ingredients from other countries. These linguistic ingredients are called loanwords that have been borrowed and incorporated into English. The loanwords are oftentimes so common now, the foreign flavor has been completely lost.
Origin of Afrikaans
1895–1900; < Dutch, equivalent to Afrikaan native of Africa + -s -ish1
Can be confusedAfricans Afrikaans
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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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Word Origin and History for afrikaans
"the Dutch language as spoken in South Africa," 1892, from Dutch Afrikaansch "Africanish" (see Afrikander).
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