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Boer

[bawr, bohr, boo r; Dutch boor] /bɔr, boʊr, bʊər; Dutch bur/
noun
1.
a South African of Dutch extraction.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Boers.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Afrikaans < Dutch: peasant, farmer. See boor
Can be confused
boar, Boer, boor, bore.
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British Dictionary definitions for boers

Boer

/bʊə; ˈbəʊə; bɔː/
noun, adjective
1.
  1. a descendant of any of the Dutch or Huguenot colonists who settled in South Africa, mainly in Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal
  2. (as modifier): a Boer farm
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch Boer; see boor
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Word Origin and History for boers

Boer

n.

"Dutch colonist in South Africa," 1824, from Dutch boer "farmer," from Middle Dutch, cognate with Old English gebur "dweller, farmer, peasant," and thus related to bower, German Bauer, and the final syllable of neighbor (see boor). Boer War (1899-1902) was technically the Second Boer War, there having been a brief preview 1880-1881.

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boers in Culture
Boers [(bohrz, bawrz, boorz)]

Dutch settlers in South Africa, also known as Afrikaners. The Boers were repeatedly driven further inland by British settlers; the British finally defeated them in the Boer War of 1899–1902. Boer is Dutch for “farmer.”

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Encyclopedia Article for boers

Boer

(Dutch: "husbandman," or "farmer"), a South African of Dutch, German, or Huguenot descent, especially one of the early settlers of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State. Today, descendants of the Boers are commonly referred to as Afrikaners

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