Definition of African in US English:



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

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


  • Relating to Africa or people of African descent.

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


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