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Finnish

[fin-ish]
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noun
  1. the principal language of Finland, a Uralic language related closely to Estonian and remotely to Hungarian.
  2. Finnic.
adjective
  1. of or relating to Finland or its inhabitants.
  2. Finnic.

Origin of Finnish

First recorded in 1780–90; Finn + -ish1
Related formspro-Finn·ish, adjective
Can be confusedFinnish finish
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  • The sea upbore me, flood of the tide, on Finnish land, the welling waters.

    Beowulf

    Anonymous

  • They cover the most interesting and exciting periods of Swedish and Finnish history.

    The Standard Oratorios

    George P. Upton

  • If any did this thing, it was Groa the Witch, thy Finnish bedmate.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • That Suomi is divided, every one who has studied Finnish politics must know.

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie

  • It may be well to mention that the Finnish language is very remarkable.

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie


British Dictionary definitions for finnish

Finnish

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Finland, the Finns, or their language
noun
  1. the official language of Finland, also spoken in Estonia and NW Russia, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
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Word Origin and History for finnish

Finnish

adj.

c.1790, from Finn + -ish. Earlier was Finnic (1660s).

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