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[ahyt-lan-der, oit-; Dutch œit-lahn-duh r] /ˈaɪtˌlæn dər, ˈɔɪt-; Dutch ˈœɪtˌlɑn dər/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
a foreigner, especially a British settler in the Boer republics prior to the formation of the Union of South Africa.
1890-95; < Afrikaans < obsolete Dutch, equivalent to uit out + land land + -er -er1 Unabridged
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/ˈeɪtˌlandə; -ˌlæn-; ˈɔɪt-/
(sometimes capital) (South African) a foreigner; alien
Word Origin
C19: Afrikaans: outlander
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(Afrikaans: "outlander"), any British or other non-Afrikaner immigrant in the Transvaal region in the 1880s and '90s. The prospect of gold lured large numbers of newcomers to Johannesburg, where they became a majority of the citizenry and were led by an aristocracy of wealthy mine owners. The Transvaal's long-established rural population of Boers (Afrikaners), afraid of being overwhelmed, passed laws to restrict the Uitlanders' influence. A law of 1888 declared that only the Dutch language could be used in legal proceedings and official documents.

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