Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of Cape Dutch in English:
noun[mass noun] historical
The form of Dutch spoken by the early settlers at the Cape of Good Hope, which developed into Afrikaans.
- By analysing the sources we can see the development of Dutch, via Cape Dutch, into Afrikaans.
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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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