Definition of Fleming in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflɛmɪŋ/


1A native of Flanders.
Example sentences
  • In the years after the conquest, Normans, Flemings, Bretons, and other Frenchmen also took key posts as bishops and abbots in a Church which underwent major reform in the years after 1070.
  • His mission was to resurrect the folklore of medieval Flanders, of its freemen, its prosperous cities, and its Burgundian history, and in 1856 he published the Popular Songs of French Flemings.
  • Finally, he established eighteen burghs, mainly in the south-east, mainly associated with royal fortresses, and mainly peopled by foreigners: English or Flemings.
2A member of the Flemish-speaking people inhabiting northern and western Belgium. Compare with Walloon.
Example sentences
  • Dutch was to survive there as a conglomeration of deviant dialects spoken by a chiefly rural people, the Flemings, while the affairs of state were conducted solely in French.
  • Most readers were probably hazy about Flemish and the Flemings, and French is the language of the trading company that Marlow has joined.
  • Both the Flemings and Walloons revolted against Dutch rule, and the new Kingdom of Belgium was established in 1830 as a constitutional monarchy.


Late Old English Flæmingi, from Old Norse, reinforced by Middle Dutch Vlāming, related to Vlaanderen 'Flanders'.

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