Afrikaans

noun
Af·​ri·​kaans | \ ˌa-fri-ˈkän(t)s How to pronounce Afrikaans (audio) , ˌä-, -ˈkänz, ˈa-fri-ˌkän(t)s, ˈä-, -ˌkänz \

Definition of Afrikaans

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Afrikaans

adjective

Definition of Afrikaans (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to Afrikaners or Afrikaans

First Known Use of Afrikaans

Noun

1885, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Afrikaans

Noun

borrowed from Afrikaans & Dutch, literally, "of Africa, African," going back to earlier Africaansch, Africaensch, from Latin Āfricānus african entry 2 + Dutch -sch, adjective suffix of appurtenance, going back to Middle Dutch -sc -ish

Adjective

borrowed from Afrikaans & Dutch — more at afrikaans entry 1

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The first known use of Afrikaans was in 1885

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“Afrikaans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Afrikaans. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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Afrikaans

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Afrikaans

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

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