Definition of Faroese in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌfɛːrəʊˈiːz
(also Faeroese)


  • Relating to the Faroe Islands or their people or language.
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    • Outside, the silence is broken only by the quietly lapping sea, which today is behaving well; Vikings settled here, according to a Faroese joke, only because they were too seasick to sail on to Iceland.
    • Their repertoire will include traditional Faroese and Nordic folk songs and church hymns, modern Faroese lyrics and classical choir music.
    • If the oil is where the operators think it is, the Faroese fishermen want it shipped south-east to Shetland rather than north-west to the Faroes.

noun (plural same)

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  • 1A native or inhabitant of the Faroes, or a person of Faroese descent.
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    • ‘The Scots are like the Faroese in their amazing passion for football,’ he states.
    • Like many, the Faroese have a strong affinity with the Irish, undoubtedly due in part to the fact that the islands were founded by 7th century Irish monks and settlers.
    • Instead of going through one of the many tunnels the Faroese have burrowed everywhere, John takes the stunning high road and soon we reach the mist-shrouded summit.
  • 2 [mass noun] The official language of the Faroes, a Scandinavian language closely related to Icelandic.
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    • It is most closely related to Faroese (the language spoken on the Faroe Islands).
    • The northern folk, who stayed where they were, gradually changed their language into Icelandic, Faeroese, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish.
    • Swedish is a north Germanic language related to Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, and Faeroese; it has incorporated elements of German, French, English, and Finnish.

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