non-Af·​ri·​can ˌnän-ˈa-fri-kən How to pronounce non-African (audio)
 also  -ˈä-
: not of, relating to, or characteristic of Africa or its people : not African
non-African families
non-African languages

Examples of non-African in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The language of Madagascar belongs to yet another, non-African category, the Austronesian language family. Jared Diamond, Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2023 The researchers used the tool on more than 3,000 living individuals from 10 African populations and 40 non-African populations. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2023 The Eastern Mediterranean route has traditionally been used by Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan and other non-African migrants who go first to Turkey and then try to reach Greece or other European destinations. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 14 June 2023 Humans and Neanderthals interbred, and portions of Neanderthal DNA linger in the human genome, in people of non-African descent. Mindy Weisberger, CNN, 12 May 2023 But viewing Swahili heritage as primarily African or non-African is too simplistic; In fact, both perspectives are byproducts of colonialist biases. The Conversation, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-African was in 1856

Dictionary Entries Near non-African

Cite this Entry

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

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