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

  • n. An Afrikaans-speaking South African of European ancestry, especially one descended from 17th-century Dutch settlers.

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  • n. A member of an ethnic group of northwestern European ancestry and associated with southern Africa and the Afrikaans language.
  • n. A breed of cattle, aka Afrikander.

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  • n. a white native of Cape Province who is a descendant of Dutch settlers and who speaks Afrikaans
  • adj. belonging or relating to white people of South Africa whose ancestors were Dutch or to their language


Afrikaans, from Dutch, from Afrikaan, an African, from Latin Āfricānus, from Āfrica, Africa, from Āfer, Āfr-, an African.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Pikkie Robbertze said the idea of Afrikaner self-determination was not new.

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  • He added the African National Congress and National Party had never really intended to give Afrikaners a "volkstaat" (nation state) and that the idea of such a separate state had been falsely based on the belief that the Afrikaner was a nation on its own.

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