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Boer War

noun
1.
a war in which Great Britain fought against the Transvaal and Orange Free State, 1899–1902.
2.
a war between Great Britain and the Transvaal, 1880–81.
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  • The first Boer War still smarted in our minds, and we knew the prowess of the indomitable burghers.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He was going to enlist in the Boer War, he hates the English so.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • They were fighting the Boer War all over again with their mouths.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • Some of them had been in the Boer War, and three of them had sons in this.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • One by one, Petrus spread the precious keepsakes from the Boer War on the floor about the old chest.

    Our Little Boer Cousin Luna May Innes
  • Following the Boer War came a sharp cleavage among the Boers.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
British Dictionary definitions for Boer War

Boer War

noun
1.
either of two conflicts between Britain and the South African Boers, the first (1880–1881) when the Boers sought to regain the independence given up for British aid against the Zulus, the second (1899–1902) when the Orange Free State and Transvaal declared war on Britain Also called Anglo-Boer War, South African War
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Boer War in Culture
Boer War [(bohr, bawr, boor)]

A war between British and Dutch settlers (Boers) in what is now South Africa, fought from 1899 to 1902 and won by the British. The country was united in 1910.

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