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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to the people, language and culture of Scandinavia.
  • adj. Of, or relating to the North Germanic group of languages.
  • proper n. A collective term for Scandinavian (historically Norwegian) people.
  • proper n. Speakers of any of the North Germanic languages.
  • proper n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. The language of the North—that is, of Norway, Iceland, etc.

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

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


Probably Dutch Noorsch, Scandinavian, from Middle Dutch Noortsch, from nort, north.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch Noorsch, now spelled Noors. (Wiktionary)



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