AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, inboek to apprentice + linking phoneme -s- + (often pejorative) noun-forming suffix -eling indicating a person or thing belonging to or concerned with (what is denoted by the primary noun).
1982Delius & Trapido inJrnl of Sn Afr. StudiesVol.8No.2, 239Inboekselings might — in attempting to free themselves from settler society — attach themselves to autonomous or semi-autonomous African communities...The ending of the inboekseling system in the years before the first British occupation of the Transvaal in 1877.
1989Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 116During commando onslaughts..thousands of young children were captured to become inboekselings (indentured people). These children were indentured to their masters until adulthood.
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