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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to medieval Scandinavia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • adjective Of or relating to Norway or its people, language, or culture.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or being the branch of the North Germanic languages that includes Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faroese.
  • noun The people of Scandinavia; the Scandinavians.
  • noun The people of Norway; the Norwegians.
  • noun Speakers of Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faroese.
  • noun Any of the West Scandinavian languages, especially Norwegian.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the North—that is, to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and their dependencies, including Iceland, etc., comprehended under the name of Scandinavia; pertaining to the language of Scandinavia.
  • noun The language of the North—that is, of Norway, Iceland, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun The Norse language.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to ancient Scandinavia, or to the language spoken by its inhabitants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or relating to the people, language and culture of Scandinavia.
  • adjective Of, or relating to the North Germanic group of languages.
  • proper noun A collective term for Scandinavian (historically Norwegian) people.
  • proper noun Speakers of any of the North Germanic languages.
  • proper noun The ancient language spoken by Vikings, from which modern Scandinavian languages are derived. Icelandic is the most closely related modern version, having changed little due to Iceland's linguistic isolation.

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

  • adjective of or relating to Norway or its people or culture or language
  • noun a native or inhabitant of Norway
  • adjective of or relating to Scandinavia or its peoples or cultures
  • noun an inhabitant of Scandinavia
  • noun the northern family of Germanic languages that are spoken in Scandinavia and Iceland

Etymologies

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

[Probably Dutch Noorsch, Scandinavian, from Middle Dutch Noortsch, from nort, north; see ner- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Dutch Noorsch, now spelled Noors.

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