[ pri-tawr-ee-uhs, -tohr-; Dutch prey-toh-ree-oos ]
/ prɪˈtɔr i əs, -ˈtoʊr-; Dutch preɪˈtoʊ riˌʊs /
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An·dries Wil·hel·mus Ja·co·bus [ahn-drees vil-hel-moos yah-kaw-boos], /ˈɑn dris vɪlˈhɛl mʊs yɑˈkɔ bʊs/, 1799–1853, and his son Mar·thi·nus Wes·sels [mahr-tee-noos -ves-uhls], /mɑrˈti nʊs ˈvɛs əls/, 1819–1901, Boer soldiers and statesmen in South Africa.
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How to use Pretorius in a sentence
The Boer settlers there under the leadership of Pretorius found themselves unable to maintain their independence.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year|Edwin Emerson
Pretorius, the rebel Boer, will not allow travellers to pass through his settlements to explore the locality.Jasper Lyle|Harriet Ward
This conduct on the part of the new Government under Mr. Pretorius appears to me distinctly adroit.
In order to strengthen its position, the party of Pretorius now determined on a bold stroke.
The Boers, four hundred in number, were sent by the late Mr. Pretorius to attack the Bakwains in 1852.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
British Dictionary definitions for Pretorius
/ (prɪˈtɔːrɪəs) /
Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus (ˈɑndriːs wɪlˈhɛlmys jaːˈkoːbys). 1799–1853, a Boer leader in the Great Trek (1838) to escape British sovereignty; he also led an expedition to the Transvaal (1848). The town Pretoria was named after him
his son, Marthinus Wessels (marˈtiːnys ˈwɛsəls). 1819–1901, first president of the South African Republic (1857–71) and of the Orange Free State (1859–63)
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