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


a South African of Dutch extraction.


of or relating to the Boers.

Origin of Boer

1825–35; < Afrikaans < Dutch: peasant, farmer. See boor
Can be confusedboar Boer boor bore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boers


/ (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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Culture definitions for boers


[ (bohrz, bawrz, boorz) ]

Dutch settlers in South Africa, also known as Afrikaners. The Boers were repeatedly driven further inland by British settlers; the British finally defeated them in the Boer War of 1899–1902. Boer is Dutch for “farmer.”

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