I. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a native or inhabitant of Africa 2. a person and especially a black person of African ancestry II. adjective Date: 1564 of, relating to, or characteristic of the continent of Africa or its people • Africanness noun

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  • African — Af ri*can, a. [L. Africus, Africanus, fr. Afer African.] Of or pertaining to Africa. [1913 Webster] {African hemp}, a fiber prepared from the leaves of the {Sanseviera Guineensis}, a plant found in Africa and India. {African marigold}, a tropical …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • African — may refer to: * African people, people who live in Africa or trace their ancestry to indigenous inhabitants of Africa * African (song), song by Peter Tosh from his 1977 album Equal Rights * The African , autobiographical story by French author… …   Wikipedia

  • african — AFRICÁN, Ă, africani, e, s.m. şi f., adj. 1. s.m. şi f. Persoană care face parte din populaţia băştinaşă a Africii. 2. adj. Care aparţine Africii sau populaţiei ei, privitor la Africa sau la populaţia ei. – Africa ( + suf. an. cf …   Dicționar Român

  • African — ► NOUN 1) a person from Africa, especially a black person. 2) a person of black African descent. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Africa or people of African descent. DERIVATIVES Africanize (also Africanise) verb …   English terms dictionary

  • African — Af ri*can, n. A native of Africa; also one ethnologically belonging to an African race. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • African — (n.) O.E. Africanas (plural), from L. Africanus (adj.), from Africa (see AFRICA (Cf. Africa)). Used of white residents of Africa from 1815; of black residents of the U.S. from 1790. As an adjective, by 1560s …   Etymology dictionary

  • African — [af′ri kən] adj. of Africa, esp. sub Saharan Africa, or its peoples, languages, or cultures n. 1. a member of an indigenous ethnic group of Africa, esp. sub Saharan Africa 2. a person born or living in Africa …   English World dictionary

  • African — Africanness, n. /af ri keuhn/, adj. 1. Also, Africa. of or from Africa; belonging to the black peoples of Africa n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Africa. 3. (loosely) a black or other person of African ancestry. [ < L Africanus, equiv. to… …   Universalium

  • African — [[t]æ̱frɪkən[/t]] ♦♦ Africans 1) ADJ African means belonging or relating to the continent of Africa, or to its countries or people. ...the African continent... Some African countries have also expressed the wish to participate. 2) ADJ African… …   English dictionary

  • African — n. & adj. n. 1 a native of Africa (esp. a dark skinned person). 2 a person of African descent. adj. of or relating to Africa. Phrases and idioms: African American an American citizen of African origin or descent. African elephant the elephant,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • African — I UK [ˈæfrɪkən] / US noun [countable] Word forms African : singular African plural Africans someone from Africa II UK [ˈæfrɪkən] / US adjective 1) someone who is African is from Africa 2) relating to Africa, or its languages or culture …   English dictionary

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