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

  • A country of northern Europe in the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Norway was ruled by numerous petty kingdoms from the ninth century, and raiding parties reached Normandy, Iceland, Greenland, islands off Scotland and Ireland, and the coast of the New World. Norway was finally unified in the 12th century. After 1397 it was controlled at various times by Denmark and Sweden. Independence was achieved in 1905. Oslo is the capital and the largest city.

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  • proper noun One of the Scandinavian countries. Official name: Kingdom of Norway (Kongeriket Norge in Bokmål and Kongeriket Noreg in New Norwegian).

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  • noun a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula; achieved independence from Sweden in 1905

Etymologies

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Old English Norweg, Norþweg, from Old Norse Norvegr ("north way") from norðr ("north") + vegr ("way"), contrasted with suthrvegar ("south way"), i.e. Germany, and austrvegr ("east way"), the Baltic lands. Norwegian (1607) is from Medieval Latin Norvegia, with the -w- from Norway.

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