Af·​ri·​ka·​ner ˌa-fri-ˈkä-nər How to pronounce Afrikaner (audio)
often attributive
: a South African of European descent whose native language is Afrikaans
Afrikanerdom noun

Word History


borrowed from Afrikaans & Dutch, literally, "African" — more at africander

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Afrikaner was in 1820

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Cite this Entry

“Afrikaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


Af·​ri·​ka·​ner ˌaf-ri-ˈkän-ər How to pronounce Afrikaner (audio)
: a person born in South Africa whose native language is Afrikaans and whose ancestors were from Europe
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