Definitions

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

  • n. A member of a Scandinavian people who settled in northern France in the tenth century.
  • n. A descendant of this people, especially one ruling or inhabiting England from the time of the Norman Conquest.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Normandy.
  • adj. Of or relating to Normandy, the Normans, their culture, or their language.
  • adj. Of or being a style of Romanesque architecture that was introduced from Normandy into England before 1066 and that flourished until about 1200.
  • A city of central Oklahoma south of Oklahoma City. The University of Oklahoma opened here in 1892. Population: 103,000.
  • Norman, Jessye Born 1945. American operatic soprano acclaimed for her versatility and diverse repertoire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person whose ancestors are from Normandy or who resides in Normandy.
  • n. A member of the mixed Scandinavian and Frankish peoples who, in the 11th century, were a major military power in Western Europe and who conquered the English in 1066.
  • n. A Northman.
  • proper n. The langue d'oïl variant, closely related to the French of "Ile de France" (i.e. Paris), spoken in Normandy and the Channel Islands, which influenced the development of Quebec French (until the mid 20th century), and was for several centuries the ruling language of England (see Anglo-Norman).
  • proper n. A surname, for someone from Normandy, or for a Viking (Northman).
  • proper n. A male given name used in the Middle Ages and revived in the 19th century.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to Normandy or its inhabitants (present or past).
  • adj. this sense?) Relating to the Norman language.
  • adj. this sense?) (rare) Referring to the dialect of French spoken in Normandy.
  • adj. Relating to the Romanesque architecture developed by the Normans after the Norman Conquest, characterized by large arches and heavy columns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Normandy or to the Normans
  • proper n. A native or inhabitant of Normandy; originally, one of the Northmen or Scandinavians who conquered Normandy in the 10th century; afterwards, one of the mixed (Norman-French) race which conquered England, under William the Conqueror.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French Normant (from Old Norse Nordhmadhr : nordhr, north + madhr, man) and from Old English Norman (variant of Northman : north, north; + man, man).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
It is certain that the word is derived from the base of the Germanic words for north and the Germanic base of the words for man. However, given the frequent movement of Germanic groups especially into and out of Britain in the post-classical world, it is unclear in what tongue it came to be used first. In addition, the generally accepted meaning, a person from Normandy or one of the many French speaking invaders to Britain, was used chiefly by Anglo-Norman and Old French, though it originally referred to any Scandinavian of the time. See also Northman. (Wiktionary)

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