Definition of Danish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdāniSH/


Relating to Denmark or its people or language.
Example sentences
  • We are a Danish company and in Denmark there are duties on bags and in Germany also, so we are used to it.
  • DENMARK - Danish astronomer has found what appears to be the thirteenth planet, orbiting just outside the orbit of the earth.
  • Karl Skaarup's visit to Orkney is believed to be the first trip outside Denmark and a Danish film crew will follow him to the festival.


1The North Germanic language of Denmark, which is also the official language of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Example sentences
  • During the centuries-long union with Denmark, Norwegians accepted Danish as their written language.
  • Icelandic is the national language of Iceland, although both English and Danish are understood and spoken by many Icelanders as well.
  • Scandinavian languages like Danish and Swedish are almost as poor in conjugational suffixes as English, and yet in some dialects the verb moves.
2 (as plural noun the Danish) The people of Denmark.
Example sentences
  • The TEU was rejected by the Danish following a referendum in 1992 and was only accepted in 1993 following major concessions.
  • Over the next decade, more skirmishes ensued between the Dutch, the Efutu chief, and the Danish.
  • Instead of following in his father's footsteps he joined the army at the age of 17 and saw some action against the Danish.
3 informal short for Danish pastry.
Example sentences
  • I just kept thinking of them as Danishes, light and buttery and creamy.
  • He went to the fridge and pulled out the Danishes and cakes that he had previously bought and shoved in there.
  • I was tempted towards the Danishes this morning, then had cake mid-afternoon.


Old English Denisc, of Germanic origin; superseded in Middle English by forms influenced by Old French daneis and medieval Latin Danensis (from late Latin Dani 'Danes').

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Syllabification: Dan·ish

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