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African

noun Af·ri·can \ ˈa-fri-kən also ˈä- \

Definition of African

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

First Known Use of african

before 12th century


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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

First Known Use of african

1548


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

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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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