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African

noun Af·ri·can \ ˈa-fri-kən also ˈä- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of African

1 : a native or inhabitant of Africa
2 : a person and especially a black person of African ancestry

Origin and Etymology of african

Middle English Aufrican, Affrican, going back to Old English Africanas (plural), borrowed from Latin Āfricānus 2african


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African

adjective

Definition of African

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the continent of Africa or its people

Africanness

play \-kə(n)-nəs\ noun

Origin and Etymology of african

borrowed from Latin Āfricānus, from Āfrica (short for Āfrica terra, literally, "African land," from feminine of Āfricus "of the Roman province of Africa [present-day northern Tunisia], of the continent of Africa," from Āfr-, Āfer "of Africa, inhabitant of North Africa [other than Egypt]" —of unknown origin— + -icus 1-ic) + -ānus 2-an


AFRICAN Defined for English Language Learners

African

noun

Definition of African for English Language Learners

  • : a person born, raised, or living in Africa

  • : a descendant of Africans


AFRICAN Defined for Kids

1

African

noun Af·ri·can \ ˈa-fri-kən \

Definition of African for Students

: a person born or living in Africa

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African

adjective

Definition of African for Students

: of or relating to Africa or African people
  • African history
  • African wildlife

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