Afrikaans

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

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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