Definition of Scandinavian in English:

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Pronunciation: /skandɪˈneɪvɪən/


Relating to Scandinavia, its people, or their languages.
Example sentences
  • Scores of Yorkshire dialect words have remarkably similar counterparts in modern Scandinavian languages.
  • Viking invasions a few centuries later brought Scandinavian languages to the British Isles, while the Norman invasion in 1066 introduced French.
  • The Scandinavian languages of the Viking settlers penetrated much more deeply into English vocabulary, syntax, morphology, and phonology.


1A native or inhabitant of Scandinavia, or a person of Scandinavian descent.
Example sentences
  • The Dutch and early English merchants created a gateway town that became a melting pot of Germans, Jews, Scandinavians, and Africans.
  • They were Europeans, Scandinavians, Americans and those that outnumbered the rest were Spanish.
  • Their placings are seen as sure signs that the Celts and Scandinavians were stitched up by a central and eastern European alliance.
2 [mass noun] The northern branch of the Germanic languages, comprising Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, and Faroese, all descended from Old Norse.
Example sentences
  • They included papers in English, German, and Scandinavian.
  • It meant nothing, it was just fake German or fake Scandinavian or something..
  • A common language can be French, Scandinavian, Swahili whatever, and does not have to be English so the change proposed should actually be an improvement in the French eyes.

Words that rhyme with Scandinavian

avian, Batavian, Flavian, Moldavian, Moravian, Octavian, Shavian

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Line breaks: Scan¦di|navian

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