Definition of Afrikaner in English:



  • 1An Afrikaans-speaking white person in South Africa, especially one descended from the Dutch and Huguenot settlers of the 17th century.

    • ‘In my academic posting here I report a study of South African Afrikaners (whites of Dutch origin).’
    • ‘As a consequence, the book reinforces the mainstream accounts of South African history in which the protagonists are black nationalists and white Afrikaners.’
    • ‘The majority of white South Africans supported Britain during the First World War, but with Afrikaners in the majority among the white population there was growing opposition to membership of the British empire.’
    • ‘After 1845, the Pedi also had to contend with an influx of white Afrikaner settlers, some of whom seized Pedi children and forced them to work as slaves.’
    • ‘Leonie was of German descent while her husband Hendrik was an Afrikaner.’
    • ‘He was a white, male Afrikaner from the heartland of the volk, the Free State.’
    • ‘Germans and South African Afrikaners, arriving in the nineteenth century, make up most of the 6 percent of the population that is white.’
    • ‘Was it strange for a white Afrikaner to seek help from a black Nigerian faith healer?’
    • ‘Throughout most of the twentieth century, South Africa's political life was dominated by white Afrikaners.’
    • ‘The founding and development of European colonies and republics began the long and bitter conflicts between African chiefs, British and Afrikaners, and whites and black Africans that have shaped the nation's history.’
    • ‘The organisation is not seen as representative of all Afrikaners, let alone South Africa's four million whites who make up less than 10% of the population.’
    • ‘Afrikaans, the language spoken by Afrikaners, evolved as a dialect of Dutch spoken by settlers on the frontier during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.’
    • ‘Most folklore is shared by Afrikaners and Coloreds.’
    • ‘The Boers or Afrikaners, as the descendants of the Dutch called themselves, ceded the Cape to Great Britain in an 1814 treaty.’
    • ‘Orange is a reference to the Dutch heritage of many Afrikaners.’
    • ‘There were other aims as well, such as mediation and adjustment of differences between English and Afrikaners, between white workers and their employers, and between mining and farming interests.’
    • ‘French Canadians, Irish nationalists under the Union, and Afrikaners, as well as Scots and English emigrant settlers all pressed their claims to participation and control.’
    • ‘A Dutch colony was established in 1652; the settlers were at first known as BOERS and later as Afrikaners.’
    • ‘During the first two decades of the nineteenth century control of the Cape Colony passed to and fro between Afrikaners and British authorities but rested with the latter.’
    • ‘Key innovators were often British settlers, but Afrikaners, still the predominant landowners, were drawn into the commercial pastoral economy.’
  • 2South African A gladiolus native to southern Africa.

    Gladiolus and related genera, family Iridaceae

    • ‘Homoglossum watsoninum (red Afrikaner) is a gladiolus-like plant that can grow to a metre tall.’


Afrikaans, from South African Dutch Africander, from Dutch Afrikaan ‘an African’ + the personal suffix -der, on the pattern of Hollander ‘Dutchman’.