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Afrikaans

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noun Af·ri·kaans \ˌa-fri-ˈkän(t)s, ˌä-, -ˈkänz, ˈa-fri-ˌ, ˈä-\

Simple Definition of Afrikaans

  • : a language based on Dutch that is spoken in South Africa

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Afrikaans

  1. :  a language developed from 17th century Dutch that is one of the official languages of the Republic of South Africa

Origin and Etymology of afrikaans

Afrikaans, from afrikaans, adjective, African, from obsolete Afrikaans afrikanisch, ultimately from Latin africanus


First Known Use: 1892


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Afrikaans

adjective Af·ri·kaans

Definition of Afrikaans

  1. :  of or relating to Afrikaners or Afrikaans



1923

First Known Use of afrikaans

1923


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