Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A native or inhabitant of the Frisian Islands or Friesland.
  • n. The West Germanic language of the Frisians. It is the language most closely related to English.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Germanic language group or language (see Usage notes), or a lect thereof, which descended from Old Frisian, with speakers in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.
  • n. A member of the Germanic ethnic group which is native to the region of Frisia (which is in the Netherlands, northern Germany, and southern Denmark).
  • n. A person who is from or who has long resided in the Dutch province of Friesland.
  • adj. Of, in or relating to the Frisian language or a Frisian language.
  • adj. Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Frisia; to people of Frisian descent.
  • adj. Of or relating to the region of Frisia.
  • adj. Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of the Dutch province of Friesland.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Dutch province of Friesland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Friesland, a province of the Netherlands; Friesic.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Friesland; also, the language spoken in Friesland. See friesic, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See Friesian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a West Germanic language spoken in Friesland in the northwestern Netherlands; a near relative of English
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Friesland or Frisia
  • adj. of or relating to the people or culture or language of Friesland or Frisia

Etymologies

From Latin Frīsiī, the Frisians, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Ride back north, from Rantum, but bypass Westerland, and head east to the village of Keitum, the island's torchbearer of the local North Frisian ways.

    Freewheeling Around Europe

  • The stewardess promptly embarked on a quest for Belgian citizenship and brushed up on her Frisian.

    The Sky-What Limit?

  • “Tough news,” the stewardess confessed to Serrata in English with an odd Frisian color.

    The Sky-What Limit?

  • Here he is in Vienna with a young Frisian Islander who learned his English from reading Shakespeare:

    So No More He'll Go A-Roving

  • They went all the way: an enormous map indicating the equivalents of the Gaza strip and the West Bank (Zeelandic Flanders and Limburg, respectively), as well as the Frisian military bases, border checkpoints and settlements, Dutch tunnels to Belgium, the works.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Let Turkey Have Gaza

  • The first part of the word, which is recorded in English since 1360, comes from the Old English hengest, meaning “horse”, notably stallion, cognates of which also occur in many Teutonic languages, such as Old Frisian, German and Dutch hengst.

    Henchman « Isegoria

  • That there's no Quebec ice-hockey team at the Winter Olympics or Frisian skaters, and that there were suddenly 2 countries when Czechoslovakia separated, and 15 when the Soviet Union shattered.

    Same to you, Seb

  • They went all the way: an enormous map indicating the equivalents of the Gaza strip and the West Bank Zeelandic Flanders and Limburg, respectively, as well as the Frisian military bases, border checkpoints and settlements, Dutch tunnels to Belgium, the works.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Let Turkey Have Gaza

  • *Gets out the East Frisian tea bags and the sand cake wif castor shugar on* Here u r!

    I don’t do “Get it, boy”. - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • The Vikings had by 800 established a kingdom in Jutland, and were raiding the Frisian coast.

    Charlemagne, King of the Franks, 28 Jan 814

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