- a native or inhabitant of Africa.
- (loosely) a black or other person of African ancestry.
Origin of African
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- denoting or relating to Africa or any of its peoples, languages, nations, etc
- a native, inhabitant, or citizen of any of the countries of Africa
- a member or descendant of any of the peoples of Africa, esp a Black person
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Old English Africanas (plural), from Latin Africanus (adj.), from Africa (see Africa). Used of white residents of Africa from 1815; of black residents of the U.S. from 1790. As an adjective, by 1560s.
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