Adjective "afrikaans" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A language of southern Africa, derived from the form of Dutch brought to the Cape by Protestant settlers in the 17th century. It is an official language of South Africa, spoken by around 6 million people as their first language.
  1. 'As a further mark of its ethnic diversity, South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, and Sotho.'
  2. 'He learnt Dutch and Afrikaans so as to translate accurately from diaries and clippings.'
  3. 'Brochures, written in Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Setswana, are available from all the city's clinics and hospitals.'
  4. 'Namibia's most common language is Afrikaans, imported from white South Africa.'
  5. 'Targeting students just out of nursing school, the hospitals believe South African staff will have an advantage in language skills, as Afrikaans is related to Dutch.'
  6. 'A colleague observed that the film should have been made in Afrikaans with subtitles, as the actors came alive when they spoke Afrikaans.'
  7. 'While her mother tongue is Afrikaans, she speaks some Spanish and some Sesotho, learned while in Maseru.'
  8. 'The second main official language is Afrikaans.'
  9. 'Listen to anybody in Lesotho speak Sesotho and you'll soon realise that everybody is speaking a mixture of English and Sesotho and Afrikaans.'
  10. 'He came to southern Africa from Holland when he was eleven years old, and he speaks English, Afrikaans, and some Xhosa.'


Relating to the Afrikaner people, their way of life, or their language.
  1. 'Something that really interested me was the very Western sound of the Afrikaans music performed.'
  2. 'Apart from its Afrikaans members, the church also has 130 English members.'
  3. 'After all my efforts at proving my Afrikaans skills, the visa people have said it's not enough.'
  4. 'For that to happen at an Afrikaans festival was unthinkable a few years ago.'
  5. 'He is a strong advocate of the rights of Afrikaans speakers.'
  6. 'They live in the Kalahari Desert, and their common name, Meerkats, comes from the Afrikaans language.'
  7. 'Isn't there an Afrikaans word that means the same thing?'
  8. 'Her Afrikaans accent was barely noticeable in her low, even voice.'
  9. 'Some former Afrikaans universities increased their black students' intake through this type of partnership, thereby claiming to be meeting imperatives of transformation.'
  10. 'The Afrikaans daily published a far more balanced article that included most information that you published plus more.'


1. Also called the Taal. an official language of South Africa, developed out of the speech of 17th-century settlers from Holland and still very like Dutch. adjective

2. of or relating to Afrikaans or Afrikaners.

More examples(as adjective)

"languages can be afrikaans."

"speakers can be afrikaans."

"newspapers can be afrikaans."

"radios can be afrikaans."

"media can be afrikaans."

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(Afrikaans)The name in Afrikaans, from Dutch, literally ‘African’.