Definition of Norn in English:


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Pronunciation: /nɔːn


[mass noun]
A form of Norse formerly spoken in Orkney and Shetland but largely extinct by the 19th century.
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  • By 1200, however, Scandinavian (also referred to as Danish, Old Danish, Norse, Old Norse) had ceased to be spoken in England, but survived elsewhere: for example, as Norn in Orkney and Shetland.
  • In the recently acquired Orkney and Shetland islands there was a fourth, Norn, a dialect of Norwegian.


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Relating to Norn.
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  • The Norn dialects of Orkney and Shetland, Glaswegian and Highland English are all variably non-standard.


from Old Norse norrœn 'Norn, northern', from northr 'north'.

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