Definition of South African in English:

South African

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of South Africa.

    • ‘Both praised the city for its beauty and the friendliness of South Africans.’
    • ‘With the temperature hitting 36 degrees, two South Africans were hospitalised.’
    • ‘Interestingly, Americans also accept more of the compliments they are given than do South Africans.’
    • ‘Two South Africans have been here for a few days looking for their sister.’
    • ‘My return flight was spent reading articles about how one in eight South Africans is HIV positive.’
    • ‘I'm tempted to say simply that South Africans, across the board, need to grow a sense of humour.’
    • ‘Around 43 per cent of South Africans said they got angry when their computer played up.’
    • ‘The next challenge is a sterner one, even if the South Africans are having a tough time in Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘A week later in Wellington, the South Africans will be put to the test as well.’
    • ‘But at least they came away from this match with a win, which is more than the South Africans can say.’
    • ‘There were a few animated discussions between Australians and South Africans in the match.’
    • ‘Four other South Africans and six Armenian aircrew were also given long sentences.’
    • ‘Unlike most South Africans, he is not fond of beer, preferring cider, which is not sold here.’
    • ‘Turned out they were just two South Africans who happened to be standing in the queue together.’
    • ‘If South Africans are inclined to believe him, it may be because of the lessons of the past.’
    • ‘The local MP quotes an estimate that as many as 20,000 South Africans live there.’
    • ‘On the day of the win against the South Africans, there was relief, not celebration.’
    • ‘I wonder how he got on with the South Africans who played for the Rest of the World teams during the recent matches in Australia.’
    • ‘Food and drink on the tour were of high quality, though the English and South Africans baulked at the cost.’
    • ‘The Cape Parrot is only found in South Africa - and South Africans have not been kind to it.’

adjective

  • 1Relating to South Africa.

    • ‘The supermarket buys wine and fruit from South African producers.’
    • ‘Fish-lovers can angle for a sumptuous treat at a new West London restaurant which promises an eclectic mix of the finest British seafood with a touch of South African flair.’
    • ‘This is an exciting modern South African hotel which does much more than offer luxury accommodation and exceptional views over Cape Town's Atlantic coast.’
    • ‘Four years later I was fortunate enough to see him address the South African parliament in Cape Town.’
    • ‘A South African woman, who did not want to be named, became the second person in the county to be awarded citizenship in the new ceremony, introduced this year.’
    • ‘Last month the South African President visited Britain.’
    • ‘And, no matter how things go in Spain, both should be able to play in the two South African events that form part of the 2006 tour season before Christmas.’
    • ‘Yesterday I visited the South African rugby museum at Newlands in Cape Town.’
    • ‘When the South African players reached their hotel in Cape Town late on Thursday night, they were not too weary to display a few smiles.’
    • ‘The collection includes Mandela's personal diaries, which were written on desk calendars bearing breezy pictures of South African landmarks.’
    • ‘The government says the new administration panel, appointed by the communications ministry, is more representative of the South African people.’
    • ‘Henry Cornelius was born in Cape Town, into a South African German-Jewish family, on 18 August 1913.’
    • ‘She went on to laud Cape Town for being the first South African city to adopt an outstanding piece of contemporary art as a public monument.’
    • ‘Demographic change has been one of the most important but least explained phenomena in South African history.’
    • ‘The great South African southern Cape has an Algerian-like terrain and climate.’
    • ‘The former world-class athlete had crafted a seamless return and established himself as a powerful figure in South African business and political life.’
    • ‘A group of Bolton teachers are jetting off to Cape Town to find out how their South African counterparts are tackling the subject of citizenship.’
    • ‘There's no jetlag problem as there is a time difference of only one hour during the South African winter (and no difference at all in their summer).’
    • ‘This part of the Eastern Cape is far from the major South African consumer markets of Gauteng and the Western Cape.’
    • ‘A typical posy bouquet includes roses, double-headed white freesias, foliage, and subtly coloured South African nuts and berries.’
    1. 1.1Botany
      Relating to or denoting a phytogeographical kingdom comprising only the Cape region.
      • ‘Commonly used agents include African plum, South African star grass, stinging nettle, and rye pollen.’

Pronunciation:

South African

/ˌsaʊθ ˈafrɪk(ə)n/