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Scandinavian

[skan-duh-ney-vee-uh n] /ˌskæn dəˈneɪ vi ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating 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 of Scandinavian
1775-1785
1775-85; Scandinavi(a) + -an
Related forms
non-Scandinavian, adjective, noun
pro-Scandinavian, adjective
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  • He sailed for Europe to make himself familiar with the Scandinavian tongues and to pass some further time in Germany.

    Home Life of Great Authors Hattie Tyng Griswold
  • Their religion resembled that of their Scandinavian neighbours.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The pope or his legate, however, took no steps to remove abuses or otherwise reform the Scandinavian churches.

  • The origin of the name thistle is probably Scandinavian, and associated with Thor.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • In Minnesota there are more coperative stores, creameries, and elevators in the Scandinavian communities than in the American.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
British Dictionary definitions for Scandinavian

Scandinavian

/ˌskændɪˈneɪvɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their languages
noun
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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Word Origin and History for Scandinavian
adj.

1784; see Scandinavia + -ian. From 1830 as a noun; 1959 in reference to furniture and decor. In U.S. colloquial use sometimes Scandahoovian (1929), Scandiwegian. Alternative adjective Scandian (1660s) is from Latin Scandia.

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