Definition of potjie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɔɪki/

noun (plural potjies)

South African
1A cast-iron pot with a lid, typically having three legs, for use over an open fire.
Example sentences
  • A bonfire is burning, and potjies (African cooking pots) on white-hot rocks are bubbling with ostrich and seafood dishes.
  • The weather was fine, tables laden and potjies bubbling merrily away.
  • The black pot on the table is called a potjie, and is used to make stew on the fire.
1.1 (also potjiekos) [mass noun] A stew cooked in a potjie: the seafood potjie was a winner
More example sentences
  • Then it was only right that he joined us for lunch, a delicious potjiekos, if I say so myself, which he particularly enjoyed.
  • I simply cannot image an egg potjie, so let's stick to chicken.
  • Actually, I find cider quite a pleasant drink, so I cannot see why one cannot have another bottle or two around, just in case the potjie needs it.


Afrikaans, literally 'little pot'.

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