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Flemish

[flem-ish] /ˈflɛm ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Flanders, its people, or their language.
2.
pertaining to or designating the style of art, especially painting, as developed principally in Flanders and northern France during the 15th century, chiefly characterized by sharply delineated forms, naturalistic proportions, clear, usually cool colors, and the use of perspective.
noun
3.
the people of Flanders collectively; the Flemings.
4.
the Dutch language as spoken in northern Belgium: one of the official languages of Belgium.
Abbreviation: Flem., Flem.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch Vlaemsch, equivalent to Vlaem- (see Fleming) + -sch -ish1
Related forms
non-Flemish, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Flemish

Flemish

/ˈflɛmɪʃ/
noun
1.
one of the two official languages of Belgium, almost identical in form with Dutch
2.
(functioning as pl) the Flemish, the Flemings collectively
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Flanders, the Flemings, or their language
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Word Origin and History for Flemish
adj.

early 14c., flemmysshe, probably from Old Frisian Flemische, or from Fleming + -ish.

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