plural Akan or Akans
: a member of any of the Akan-speaking peoples (such as the Ashanti)
: a Kwa language of southern Ghana and the southeast Ivory Coast

Word History

First Known Use

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Akan was in 1694

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“Akan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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