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Afrikaans

[af-ri-kahns, -kahnz] /ˌæf rɪˈkɑns, -ˈkɑnz/
noun
1.
Also called the Taal. an official language of South Africa, developed out of the speech of 17th-century settlers from Holland and still very like Dutch.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to Afrikaans or Afrikaners.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Dutch, equivalent to Afrikaan native of Africa + -s -ish1
Can be confused
Africans, Afrikaans.
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British Dictionary definitions for the taal

Afrikaans

/ˌæfrɪˈkɑːns; -ˈkɑːnz/
noun
1.
one of the official languages of the Republic of South Africa, closely related to Dutch Sometimes called South African Dutch
Word Origin
C20: from Dutch: African
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Word Origin and History for the taal

Afrikaans

n.

"the Dutch language as spoken in South Africa," 1892, from Dutch Afrikaansch "Africanish" (see Afrikander).

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