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Afrikaans

[ af-ri-kahns, -kahnz ]
/ ˌæf rɪˈkɑns, -ˈkɑnz /
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noun
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.
adjective
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 Afrikaans

Africans, Afrikaans
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British Dictionary definitions for Afrikaans

Afrikaans
/ (ˌæfrɪˈkɑːns, -ˈkɑːnz) /

noun
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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