Definition of Oorlam in English:

Oorlam

(also Oerlam, Orlam)

noun

South African
  • 1A name formerly given to: a member of any indigenous people of Southern Africa familiar, as a result of long contact, with the customs, standards, and language of the Dutch colonists. Now historical.

  • 2A member of a predominantly Khoesan, Afrikaans-speaking, people of Namibia, displaced from the Cape Colony in the mid 19th cent.

adjective

South African
  • Of or relating to the Oorlams of Namibia. Now historical.

Origin

Early 19th century. From South African Dutch oorlam, probably from Malay or- + lam- (in orang lama, lit. ‘old hands’ from orang person + lama length (of time)).

Pronunciation

Oorlam

/ˈɔːlam//ˈʊəlam/