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Frisian

[frizh-uh n, free-zhuh n] /ˈfrɪʒ ən, ˈfri ʒən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Friesland, its inhabitants, or their language.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Friesland or the Frisian Islands.
3.
the Germanic language most closely related to English, spoken in Friesland and nearby islands.
Abbreviation: Fris., Fris.
4.
Chiefly British.
  1. Friesland.
  2. Holstein (def 1).
Also, Friesian.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Frisi(ī) the people of a Germanic tribe + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Frisian

Frisian

/ˈfrɪʒən/
noun
1.
a language spoken in the NW Netherlands, parts of N Germany, and adjacent islands, belonging to the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European family: the nearest relative of the English language; it has three main dialects
2.
a native or inhabitant of Friesland or a speaker of the Frisian language
adjective
3.
  1. of or relating to the Frisian language or its speakers
  2. of or relating to Friesland or its peoples and culture
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Frīsiī people of northern Germany
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Word Origin and History for Frisian
adj.

"of or pertaining to the people of Frisia," or "belonging to the tribe of the Frisii," 1590s, from Latin Frisii, from a Germanic tribal name (cf. Old Frisian Frise, Middle Dutch Vriese, Old High German Friaso, Old English Frisa), perhaps originally meaning "curly-headed" (cf. Old Frisian frisle "curly hair").

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