: a South African of Dutch or Huguenot descent

Examples of Boer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tessa Posthuma de Boer Slavery was also enforced in the Dutch East Indies — a major colony that included modern-day Indonesia — until the 19th century. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 30 June 2023 De Boer, in fact, proposed on the property, though one year and a renovation later, a rogue sandstorm blew through on the day of the nuptials, a fitting welcome to desert life if ever there was one. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 10 May 2023 Two years later, Louis Botha, a Boer war hero, became prime minister of what was now called the Transvaal Colony under British control. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 This was the largest diamond ever found when it was discovered in a mine in Pretoria in 1905, following the Boer war and when the area was colonized by Britain. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 5 May 2023 At a time when some of the most interesting restaurant cooking is happening with vegetables, de Boer is still coaxing alchemical magic out of meat and fish. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 24 Mar. 2023 The property includes a nearly two-century-old barn and a pine grove, all of which doubles as a wedding venue — Roxbury Barn & Estate — run by de Boer. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2023 Flat White Boer Ford' also keeps well, so should last through the season. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Nov. 2022 Although it’s complicated by the economic pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical tensions, de Boer is optimistic that China will achieve its emissions intensity goals for 2025, and its goal to peak carbon emissions before 2030. Amy Gunia, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


Dutch, literally, farmer — more at boor

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Boer was in 1776

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“Boer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Boer. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a South African usually of Dutch descent

Dutch, literally, "farmer"

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