Af·​ri·​can·​der ˌa-fri-ˈkan-dər How to pronounce Africander (audio)
variants or Afrikander
: any of a breed of tall red large-horned humped southern African cattle used chiefly for meat or draft

Word History


earlier, "Afrikaner," borrowed from early Afrikaans Africaander, from Dutch Africa "Africa" + -aander, by-form (with intrusive nasal) of -aner "one inhabiting" (from -aan -an entry 1 —after Latin Āfricānus— + -er -er entry 2)

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Africander was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Africander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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