Boer

[ bawr, bohr, boor; Dutch boor ]
/ bɔr, boʊr, bʊər; Dutch bur /

noun

a South African of Dutch extraction.

adjective

of or relating to the Boers.

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Origin of Boer

First recorded in 1825–35; Afrikaans, from Dutch: “peasant, farmer”; see boor
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British Dictionary definitions for Boer

Boer
/ (bʊə, ˈbəʊə, bɔː) /

noun, adjective

  1. a descendant of any of the Dutch or Huguenot colonists who settled in South Africa, mainly in Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal
  2. (as modifier)a Boer farm

Word Origin for Boer

C19: from Dutch Boer; see boor
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