Definition of Frisian in English:


Line breaks: Fris|ian
Pronunciation: /ˈfriːzɪən
, ˈfriːʒ(ə)n
, ˈfrɪ-/


Relating to Frisia or Friesland, its people, or language.
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  • The Frisian language is taught in the public schools, but not in the private schools.
  • He is straight talking and straight shooting in the best tradition of northern Holland's Frisian population.
  • She also carried on her research, collecting caterpillars on the Frisian heaths and moors and making notes and drawings.


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1A native or inhabitant of Frisia or Friesland.
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  • In Friesland, the Frisians enjoy some unique pastimes around the canals.
  • The Frisians live in Friesland, one of the Netherlands' northern provinces.
  • The western portion was inhabited by the Batavians and became part of a Roman province; the eastern portion was inhabited by the Frisians.
2 [mass noun] The Germanic language of Frisia or Friesland, most closely related to English and Dutch, now with fewer than 400,000 speakers.
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  • About half of Friesland's 600,000 residents speak both Dutch and Frisian.
  • Other national examples include the return of Gaelic to schools in Scotland and Wales, school courses in Northern Italy in Friulian, Dutch radio broadcasts in Frisian, and Finnish broadcasts in Saami.
  • No one is demanding that English-speaking Americans be forced to learn Navajo, any more than anyone is demanding that the Dutch of Amsterdam learn Frisian.


late 16th century: from Latin Frisii 'Frisians' (from Old Frisian Frīsa, Frēsa) + -ian.

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