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[nawr-wee-juh n] /nɔrˈwi dʒən/
of or relating to Norway, its inhabitants, or their language.
a native or inhabitant of Norway.
the language of Norway, a Germanic language spoken in two different dialects known as Bokmål and Nynorsk.
Abbreviation: Norw.
Origin of Norwegian
1595-1605; earlier Norvegian < Medieval Latin Norvegi(a) Norway + -an
Related forms
pro-Norwegian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Norwegian, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • From untold ages it has been eaten by free Norwegian men in the beautiful valleys of Norway.

    Strife and Peace Fredrika Bremer
  • The fjelds furnish a recreation-ground for the Norwegian townsman.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
  • Kradsuld is Norwegian for shoddy, and sounds worlds more respectable, I am sure.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Or, rather, it was Ditman Olansen, the crank-eyed Norwegian.

  • The stations are situated along the road about every eight or ten miles (counted in Norwegian by so many hours).

    The Land of Thor J. Ross Browne
British Dictionary definitions for Norwegian


of, relating to, or characteristic of Norway, its language, or its people
any of the various North Germanic languages of Norway See also Nynorsk, Bokmål Compare Norse
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Norway
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Word Origin and History for Norwegian

c.1600 (n. and adj.), sometimes in early use Norvegian, from Medieval Latin Norvegia "Norway," from Old Norse Norvegr (see Norway) + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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