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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to Africa or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Africa.
  • n. A person of African descent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Africa.
  • n. A native of Africa; also one ethnologically belonging to an African race.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Africa.
  • n. A native of Africa; also one ethnologically belonging to an African race.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Africa: either to the continent of that name, or
  • to the region about Carthage, the ancient Roman province of Africa.
  • Of or belonging to the black race of Africa; characteristic of or peculiar to negroes: as, African features; African cheerfulness.
  • n. A native of the continent, or in ancient times of the province, of Africa.
  • n. A member of the black African race; a negro.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the nations of Africa or their peoples
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Africa

Etymologies

As a noun in Old English as Africanas "Africans" (only plural). From Latin Africānae. In Middle English as Aufrican . Early Modern English Aphricane, Africans. The adjective appears in the 16th century, as Affricane, Africane, African. (Wiktionary)

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