Definition of African in English:



  • 1A person from Africa, especially a black person.

    • ‘The film is a creditable effort to tell an African story from the point of view of an African.’
    • ‘One in five Africans and one in three African adolescents live in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa.’
    • ‘He condemned the tendency to identify black Africans with undemocratic practices as racist.’
    • ‘The Creole foods created by Africans have been adopted by all the other groups.’
    • ‘We go back in time to trace the tensions between Sudanese, Arabs and black Africans.’
    • ‘Those books did not only affect South Africans but many southern Africans as well.’
    • ‘In other words, by the early nineteenth century at least the evidence available to most Europeans about Africans was mixed.’
    • ‘My own instinct is that the future of Africa will be fundamentally determined by Africans and not by the rest of the world.’
    • ‘Another theme running through many of the responses was why Africans prefer European sports to African ones.’
    • ‘Europeans and Africans are going deeper into the forest to dig for gold and diamonds.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, more black African slaves were owned by black Africans than white Americans.’
    • ‘What might be true of the Dutch might not apply to Italians or Africans or North Americans.’
    • ‘It is a blend of customs of the Amerindians, the Africans, the East Indians and the Europeans.’
    • ‘It now looks as if leprosy originated in East Africa, and Europeans and North Africans took it to West Africa.’
    • ‘There were also a hundred or so Africans and Asians, and almost 400 slaves.’
    • ‘Those being questioned today are Iraqis, Kurds and north Africans.’
    • ‘Asians, Africans and European-looking individuals made up the milling crowd.’
    • ‘Prices paid by Africans to Africans were only infrequently recorded.’
    • ‘The wounded included Saudis and Arab expatriates, as well as Africans and Asians.’
    • ‘The South African diplomat said Africans accepted the fact that a leader will at one point run out of ideas.’
    1. 1.1A person of black African descent.
      • ‘There were men, women, and children from European, African, and Asian descent.’
      • ‘The people from the African and Asian states will disappear from the mission.’
      • ‘He created a free school to teach Africans and their descendants to read the Bible.’
      • ‘There is going to be an enormous call on the Africans, but it may well require other people.’
      • ‘As black African or Caribbean people we've been there, and are there still, but we're just not top of the list now.’
      • ‘Many of the names belong to people of Arabic, African or Asian descent.’
      • ‘How important was is to have the film made by Africans and people of African descent?’
      • ‘His mother was of mixed race, his father the descendant of West African slaves.’


  • Relating to Africa or people of African descent.

    • ‘Teachers at the school dressed up as African chiefs in traditional costume and pupils each brought in a bucket to take part in the event.’
    • ‘The women are descended from African slaves who were brought from the Sudan which was once part of the Moroccan empire.’
    • ‘There is a great future for African film on this continent and outside of this continent.’
    • ‘Their performance of world music, featuring African rhythms sung a cappella, should be a treat.’
    • ‘Once Aisha recovered, the family began opening cases packed with African gifts for neighbours and friends.’
    • ‘In several African countries this problem is being recognised and addressed.’
    • ‘On board were two men of African descent who had stowed away on the ship.’
    • ‘The men, all of North African descent, were dressed casually and appeared in the dock with two interpreters.’
    • ‘Soon afterwards, I went to another African country that got its independence years ago.’
    • ‘The disease is more common in men of African descent, and those aged over 60.’
    • ‘This paper helped me see some of the best-known images of African art in a new light.’
    • ‘But Amanda hopes it will be the experience of a lifetime as she jets out to teach English to African children.’
    • ‘On this album, Larry sings in a combination of English and African languages.’
    • ‘Whether or not African countries will reach this goal is an open question.’
    • ‘On a high, we walked outside to the stalls where tie-dyed hats hung beside carvings of African gods.’
    • ‘On the opposite side of the circle, a man and a woman dressed in white are banging out frantic beats on African drums and tambourines.’
    • ‘It is aimed at the people who are descendants of north African immigrants.’
    • ‘They cannot help themselves once they catch the spirit of African culture.’
    • ‘They also work with improving the lives of African women through education.’
    • ‘These refurbished tools will now be sent to Tanzania, Uganda and other African countries.’


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