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African

See also: african

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  • Afric (poetic, archaic)

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Attested as a noun in Old English as Africanas "Africans" (only plural). From Latin Africānae. In Middle English as Aufrican, early Modern English Aphricane, Africans. The adjective appears in the 16th century, as Affricane, Africane, African.

Latin Africus is from Afri (singular Afer), the name of an ancient people of North Africa (near Carthage, in modern Tunisia), with the suffix -icus. Africānus is formed by addition of the -ānus suffix.

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African (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to Africa.

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African (plural Africans)

  1. A native of Africa; also one ethnologically belonging to an African race.
    • 2007, African Immigrant Religions in America (ISBN 0814762409):
      Africans constitute significantly growing populations not only in major urban centers such as New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and Atlanta but also in small and midsize cities in states such as Ohio and Maine.

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