There are 2 main definitions of swede in English:

swede1

Syllabification: swede
Pronunciation: /swēd
 
/

noun

British term for rutabaga.
More example sentences
  • Thicken soups and casseroles with puréed vegetables such as potato, swedes, onions and carrots.
  • Root vegetables such as turnips, swedes and potatoes can last for months if kept in the dark.
  • Then parsnips, onions, carrots, swedes, chestnuts, haricot beans or split peas, a garlic clove.

Origin

early 19th century: from Swede, being first introduced into Scotland from Sweden in 1781–82.

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There are 2 main definitions of swede in English:

Swede2

Syllabification: Swede
Pronunciation: /swēd
 
/

noun

A native or inhabitant of Sweden, or a person of Swedish descent.
More example sentences
  • Over here there's a few Swedes and Finns discussing strategy in their native tongues.
  • The Swedes and Finns have been harvesting forest biomass to use as energy since the 1970s.
  • The competition for the purest vodka is now a two-horse race between the Swedes and the Finns.

Origin

from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch Swēde, probably from Old Norse Svíthjóth, from Svíar 'Swedes' + thjóth 'people'.

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