Definition of Norwegian in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɔːˈwiːdʒ(ə)n/


Relating to Norway or its people or language.
Example sentences
  • I did many evening courses in the Norwegian language and I eventually began to get freelance translation work.
  • Some time during her earlier years, Ellen went to Alta to perfect her knowledge of the Norwegian language, and to learn home economics and sewing.
  • While still in Norway a Norwegian commander who worked in the shipyard that built St Albans paid the ship a visit.


1A native or inhabitant of Norway, or a person of Norwegian descent.
Example sentences
  • The trick for me has been to attempt to absorb Norway, not to be negative, to identify with Norwegians and Norway, yet not lose my Irish roots.
  • In a few days Norway and Norwegians all over the World will celebrate the 17th of May.
  • Every 17th of May you will see Norwegians at their rowdiest and drunkest for their National Day celebrations.
2 [mass noun] The language of Norway, a member of the Scandinavian language group. See also Bokmål, Nynorsk.
Example sentences
  • Icelandic is a Germanic language related to Norwegian.
  • Most of Shukla's works have been translated and published in Norwegian and Urdu languages.
  • Swedish is a North Germanic language, related to Norwegian, Danish, and German.

Norwegian today exists in two forms, Bokmål, the more widely used, a modified form of Danish, and Nynorsk (‘new Norwegian’), a 19th-century literary form devised from the country dialects most closely descended from Old Norse, and considered to be a purer form of the language than Bokmål.


From medieval Latin Norvegia 'Norway' (from Old Norse Norvegr, literally 'north way') + -an.

Words that rhyme with Norwegian

Glaswegian, legion, region

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Line breaks: Nor|we¦gian

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