Af·​ro·​cen·​tric ˌa-frō-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce Afrocentric (audio)
: centered on or derived from Africa or the Africans
: emphasizing or promoting emphasis on African culture and the contributions of Africans to the development of Western civilization
Afrocentricity noun
Afrocentrism noun
Afrocentrist noun or adjective

Examples of Afrocentric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lesser known Afrocentric museums and exhibits exist in nearly every region of the country. Aaron Morrison, Chicago Tribune, 25 June 2023 Instead, Cho’Zen attends a private, Afrocentric school – joining kids across the country whose families have embraced schools that affirm their Black heritage, in a country where instruction about race is increasingly under attack. Cheyanne Mumphrey, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2023 In 1962, the two brothers took another step toward merging Afrocentric politics with Black aesthetics, helping to found Grandassa Models. Alex Williams, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2023 The series’ love for Afrocentric culture should, ideally, be contagious as well. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2023 Nubian Markets will bring Afrocentric grocery shopping and dining. Julian E.j. Sorapuru,, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History


afro- + -centric

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Afrocentric was in 1963

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“Afrocentric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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