Definition of platteland in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplatəland/
South African


[mass noun]
Remote country districts: better farming is the key to stopping people moving from the platteland to the cities
More example sentences
  • One terrible irony is that as a result of Mugabe's fast-track land reform our rural areas are suddenly becoming more, not less, like the worst situations in the South African platteland.
  • I used to do the farm rounds with him; rounding up sheep, counting, checking fences - it was a vast piece of flat, dry platteland and great sheep country.
  • The family had by then moved to Soweto, victims of the rise of the archetype of white dominance on the platteland whose success often depended first on black tenants, then on black workers.


Belonging to or characteristic of remote country districts; rustic: he spoke in strong platteland Afrikaans
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  • There was a young Afrikaans-speaking minister in a little platteland dorp who was having problems concentrating during his sermons because so many of the congregation were having bad coughing fits.
  • It was reminiscent of the television commercial which shows a cheating singer being chased out of a platteland town when a record he mimes to gets stuck.



Example sentences
  • "I nearly got lost going there and was prepared to go home," said Eddie admitting that he is a 'plattelander at heart'.
  • Before then, I was a real plattelander. I had never seen really big buildings, or great masses of people.


Afrikaans, literally 'flat land'.

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