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Finnish

[fin-ish] /ˈfɪn ɪʃ/
noun
1.
the principal language of Finland, a Uralic language related closely to Estonian and remotely to Hungarian.
Abbreviation: Finn.
2.
adjective
3.
of or relating to Finland or its inhabitants.
4.
Origin of Finnish
1780-1790
1780-90; Finn + -ish1
Related forms
pro-Finnish, adjective
Can be confused
Finnish, finish.
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Examples from the Web for Finnish
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  • Selma, my whilom Finnish friend, was having her banns published.

    The Confession of a Fool August Strindberg
  • The sea upbore me, flood of the tide, on Finnish land, the welling waters.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Contact with Finnish earth gives him back into his own hands.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • They cover the most interesting and exciting periods of Swedish and Finnish history.

    The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton
  • She concluded that she must be entering some Finnish settlement.

    Green Eyes Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for Finnish

Finnish

/ˈfɪnɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Finland, the Finns, or their language
noun
2.
the official language of Finland, also spoken in Estonia and NW Russia, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
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Word Origin and History for Finnish
adj.

c.1790, from Finn + -ish. Earlier was Finnic (1660s).

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