Definition of Flemish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflɛmɪʃ/


Relating to Flanders, its people, or their language.
Example sentences
  • Cipriano was the great 16th century Flemish composer Cipriano de Rore, who spent more-or-less his entire career working in Italy.
  • John, Duke of Berry, younger brother of Philip the Bold, was an enthusiastic book collector and attracted Flemish artists to his court.
  • The leaders of the invasion spoke French but the soldiers were Flemish, Welsh, and from southwest England.


1 [mass noun] The Dutch language as spoken in Flanders. It is one of the two official languages of Belgium.
Example sentences
  • Those residing in northern Belgium speak Flemish, which is derived from Dutch and German.
  • The site appears in a choice of languages - French, German, Dutch and Flemish - as well as English, representing countries were Portakabin has major outposts.
  • My father went directly from being a buck private in basic training to Master Sergeant in an intelligence position because he could speak French, Flemish, and German.
2 (the Flemish) [as plural noun] The people of Flanders.
Example sentences
  • And it is true of most non-immigrant national minorities, like the Québécois, Flemish, or Catalans.
  • There is no such thing as plagiarism in politics and this is where the experience of the Basques, Catalans and Flemish over 25 years may be helpful.
  • The left section comprised mainly of Bretons, the central section were Norman under Willliam's command and the right section was made up of the French and Flemish.


Middle English: from Middle Dutch Vlāmisch, related to Vlaanderen 'Flanders'.

Words that rhyme with Flemish


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Line breaks: Flem|ish

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