African

See also: african

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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.
    Maghrebis and Subsaharans constitute the majority of Africans.

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