from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region of northern Europe consisting of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Finland, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands are often included in the region.
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- proper n. Denmark, Norway, and Sweden collectively.
- proper n. The Scandinavian peninsula (approximately Norway, Sweden and northern Finland).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the peninsula in northern Europe occupied by Norway and Sweden
- n. a group of culturally related countries in northern Europe; Finland and Iceland are sometimes considered Scandinavian
From Latin Scandināvia, from Proto-Germanic *Skaþinawjō (“Scadia island”) (compare Old English Scedenig, Old Norse Skaney 'southern tip of Sweden'), from *-aujo 'island' (compare Old English ī(e)g 'island', Old Norse ey 'island'). (Wiktionary)