Definition of Cape Dutch in English:

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Cape Dutch

Entry from British & World English dictionary


[mass noun] historical
The form of Dutch spoken by the early settlers at the Cape of Good Hope, which developed into Afrikaans.
Example sentences
  • By analysing the sources we can see the development of Dutch, via Cape Dutch, into Afrikaans.


1 historical Relating to the Cape Dutch language.
2Of or denoting a style of furniture or architecture used by early settlers in South Africa: our vast Cape Dutch chest
More example sentences
  • The south side is dominated by an impressive entrance portico topped by a Cape Dutch gable, but the architecture is an eclectic mix of styles.
  • As is typical of the Cape Dutch style of architecture, Libertas has a geometrically aligned façade.
  • It is not uncommon for a Cape Dutch building to have unleveled floors, door and window frames.
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