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African Syllabification: Af·ri·can
Pronunciation: /ˈafrəkən/

Definition of African in English:


1A person from Africa, especially a black person.
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile, more black African slaves were owned by black Africans than white Americans.
  • It is a blend of customs of the Amerindians, the Africans, the East Indians and the Europeans.
  • Prices paid by Africans to Africans were only infrequently recorded.
1.1A person of black African descent.
Example sentences
  • Many of the names belong to people of Arabic, African or Asian descent.
  • He created a free school to teach Africans and their descendants to read the Bible.
  • How important was is to have the film made by Africans and people of African descent?


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Of or relating to Africa or people of African descent.
Example sentences
  • The men, all of North African descent, were dressed casually and appeared in the dock with two interpreters.
  • The disease is more common in men of African descent, and those aged over 60.
  • On board were two men of African descent who had stowed away on the ship.


From Latin Africanus, from Africa (terra) '(land) of the Afri', an ancient people of North Africa.

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