Definition of Norse in English:

Norse

Syllabification: Norse
Pronunciation: /nôrs
 
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noun

1The Norwegian language, especially in its medieval form.
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  • Many of the events are legendary and bear similarities to other Germanic historical and mythological literature in Old English, Norse and German.
  • Borrowings from Gaelic, Norse, and Norman French have created a diverse patchwork of regional dialects.
  • The inscriptions are in runes and Old Norse, but the personal names (both Norse and Celtic) and the grammatically-confused language suggest a thoroughly mixed community.
1.1The Scandinavian language group.
2 [treated as plural] Norwegians or Scandinavians, especially in medieval times.
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  • The maritime supremacy of the Norse, however, was destroyed and surpassed by the cities that belonged to the Hanseatic League.
  • He was killed in battle by Malcolm III Canmore, Duncan's son, in alliance with the Norse.
  • In particular, the Danes, Norse and Saxons, regularly tattooed themselves with family symbols and crests, and the early Britons used tattoos in ceremonies.

adjective

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Of or relating to medieval Norway or Scandinavia, or their inhabitants or language.
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  • These are rather crude divisions, further complicated from the late C8 onwards by raids and settlement involving Norse peoples from what is now Scandinavia.
  • Stories about Inuit with distinct European features - blue eyes, fair hair, beards - living in the central Arctic have their roots in ancient tales of Norse settlements and explorations.
  • He named the property Asgaard, the name given to the home of the ancient Norse gods.

Origin

from Dutch noor(d)sch, from noord 'north'; compare with Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian Norsk.

Derivatives

Norseman

Pronunciation: /ˈnôrsmən/
noun (plural Norsemen)
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  • Alfred's dynasty, which had survived Danes, Norsemen, and Danes again, had succumbed at last to foreign invasion.
  • Large-scale migrations of Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Danes, and Norsemen, and substantial movements between Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, make estimates very hazardous.
  • Iona had meanwhile, in consequence of the occupation of the Western Isles by the Norsemen, been practically cut off from Scotland, and had become ecclesiastically dependent on Ireland.

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