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

  • adj. Of or relating to Flanders, the Flemings, or their language or culture.
  • n. A group of Dutch dialects spoken in the southwestern Netherlands, northwest Belgium, and parts of northern France.
  • n. The Flemings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to Flanders, either as the historical county of Flanders (the current provinces of West Flanders and East Flanders in Belgium, Zeelandic Flanders in the Netherlands and French Flanders); or as the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Flemish variety of the Dutch language.
  • proper n. The Dutch language as it is spoken in Flanders.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to Flanders, or the Flemings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or native to Flanders, or pertaining to its people or their language; resembling the Flemings.
  • n. Collectively, the people of Flanders; the Flemings.
  • n. The language spoken by the Flemings.
  • To coil, as a rope, in a Flemish coil. See coil, n.
  • To make a quivering movement of the tail: said of a dog; to feather.

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

  • n. one of two official languages of Belgium; closely related to Dutch
  • n. an ethnic group speaking Flemish and living in northern and western Belgium
  • adj. of or relating to Flanders or its people or language or culture


Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch Vlaemisch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English flemmysshe, from Old Frisian flemsche, from Middle Dutch vlāmisch, vlemesch (modern Vlaams), from Old Frisian flamsk ‘Fleming’ (compare West Frisian Flaamsk), from Proto-Germanic *flaumaz ‘flowing, current (water)’ and *-iskaz. More at Flanders. (Wiktionary)



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