WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•part•heid /əˈpɑrtheɪt, -haɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Governmentin the Republic of South Africa, a former policy of keeping people of different races apart by law.
  2. any similar system of segregation.
See -par-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•part•heid  (ə pärthāt, -hīt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Government(in the Republic of South Africa) a rigid policy of segregation of the nonwhite population.
  2. any system or practice that separates people according to race, caste, etc.
  • Afrikaans, equivalent. to apart apart + -heid -hood
  • 1945–50

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apartheid /əˈpɑːthaɪt -heɪt/ n
  1. (in South Africa) the official government policy of racial segregation; officially renounced in 1992
Etymology: 20th Century: Afrikaans, from apart apart + -heid -hood

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