Scandinavian

Scandinavian

[skan-duh-ney-vee-uhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their languages.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Scandinavia.
3.
the group of languages composed of Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Old Norse, Swedish, and the language of the Faeroe Islands; North Germanic. Abbreviation: Scand

Origin:
1775–85; Scandinavi(a) + -an

non-Scandinavian, adjective, noun
pro-Scandinavian, adjective
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Scandinavian (ˌskændɪˈneɪvɪən)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or characteristic of Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their languages
 
n
2.  a native or inhabitant of Scandinavia
3.  Also: Norse the northern group of Germanic languages, consisting of Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faeroese

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Scandinavian
1765, from L.L. Scandinavia, a mistake for Scadinavia, from a Gmc. source (cf. O.E. Scedenig, O.N. Skaney "south end of Sweden"), from P.Gmc. *skadinaujo "Scadia island," first element of uncertain origin, second element from *aujo "thing on the water," from PIE *akwa- "water." It may truly have been
an island when the word was formed; the geography of the Baltic Sea has changed dramatically since the end of the Ice Ages.
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