Definition of erf in English:



South African
  • A plot of land.

    • ‘In Namibia reckless individuals occupy erven in residential areas in cities, towns and villages to conduct their unwanted business.’
    • ‘This is one of three erven in that area that are considered suitable for township development, and therefore very valuable.’
    • ‘He explained that if a property lies within a business or residential area it does not mean an erf in that zone is zoned as such, nor does it mean that it can be zoned accordingly.’
    • ‘Plots and erven are in demand and the budget for the fiscal year of 2002/2003 provides that more than 300 residential plots be planned and proclaimed in the town.’
    • ‘The price of waste removal ranges from R21,60 for an erf of 300m², to R70,65 for an erf larger than 2 000m².’
    piece of ground, patch, area, location, parcel, tract, allotment, acreage
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Dutch, originally in the sense ‘inheritance’.