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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.
Finnic.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; Finn + -ish1
Related forms
pro-Finnish, adjective
Can be confused
Finnish, finish.
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  • It is a finnougric language and is closely related to Finnish.
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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