What does African mean?

Definitions for Africanˈæf rɪ kən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word African.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. African(adj)

    a native or inhabitant of Africa

  2. African(adj)

    of or relating to the nations of Africa or their peoples

    "African languages"


  1. African(Noun)

    A native of Africa; also one ethnologically belonging to an African race.

  2. African(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to Africa.

  3. Origin: As a noun in Old English as Africanas "Africans" (only plural). From Africānae.

Webster Dictionary

  1. African(adj)

    of or pertaining to Africa

  2. African(noun)

    a native of Africa; also one ethnologically belonging to an African race

  3. Origin: [L. Africus, Africanus, fr. Afer African.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. African

    af′rik-an, adj. pertaining to Africa—also Af′ric.—ns. Af′rican, a native of Africa; Africand′er, one born of white parents in Cape Colony or other parts of South Africa. [L. Africus, AfricanusAfer, African.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'African' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2318

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'African' in Adjectives Frequency: #314


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of African in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of African in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Albert Schweitzer:

    The African is my brother-but he is my younger brother by several centuries.

  2. The Justice Department report:

    An African-American man told us that, because of these charges, An African-American man lost An African-American man job as a contractor with the federal government that An African-American man had held for years.

  3. Nigel Fairbrass:

    South African prisoners actively followed up with the South African government and have been presented with no evidence to substantiate the allegations, the prison was also returned to South African prisoners operational control last year.

  4. Yvonne Steynberg:

    For nearly 40 years Johannes Meintjes has enriched the South African art scene with his personalised works which have the inherent quality of good art - the artist’s genuine feelings and moods can be felt in each brush or palette stroke…

  5. Ezra Dolezal:

    It's kind of a slap in the face to African-Americans because she doesn't know what it's like to be black, she's only been African-American when it benefited her. She hasn't been through all the struggles. She's only been African-American the last few years.

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