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[green-luh nd, -land] /ˈgrin lənd, -ˌlænd/
a self-governing island belonging to Denmark, located NE of North America: the largest island in the world. About 844,000 sq. mi. (2,186,000 sq. km); about 700,000 sq. mi. (1,800,000 sq. km) icecapped.
Capital: Godthåb.
Related forms
Greenlander, noun
Greenlandish, adjective Unabridged
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  • The greenlander is also very fond of raw seal-skin with the blubber.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • For the same reason the Icelander differs from the greenlander.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • As this animal is so necessary to the existence of a greenlander, it is his greatest glory to chase and take him.

  • From this age onwards, the young greenlander remains a toiler of the sea.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • When a greenlander is at the point of death, his friends and relatives array him in his best clothes and boots.

  • A greenlander named Aaron once fell sick and had to keep to his bed.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • Nothing can be more dangerous, or require greater dexterity than the management of a greenlander's boat.

  • This animal is the constant prey of the greenlander, and furnishes him with all he wants.

  • To save himself from being spitted, the greenlander was forced to leap backward.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • But old Mr. greenlander, the picture-frame maker in Twentieth street, didn't get any better.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for greenlander


a native or inhabitant of Greenland


a large island, lying mostly within the Arctic Circle off the NE coast of North America: first settled by Icelanders in 986; resettled by Danes from 1721 onwards; integral part of Denmark (1953–79); granted internal autonomy 1979; mostly covered by an icecap up to 3300 m (11 000 ft) thick, with ice-free coastal strips and coastal mountains; the population is largely Inuit, with a European minority; fishing, hunting, and mining. Capital: Nuuk (Godthåb). Pop: 57 714 (2013 est). Area: 175 600 sq km (840 000 sq miles) Danish name Grønland Greenlandic name Kalaallit Nunaat
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Word Origin and History for greenlander


Old Norse Groenland, so named by its discoverer (986 C.E.) because "it would induce settlers to go there, if the land had a good name":

Hann gaf nafn landinu ok kallaði Groenland, ok kvað menn þat myndu fysa þangat farar, at landit ætti nafn gott. [Islendingabok, 1122-1133]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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greenlander in Culture

Greenland definition

Island lying largely within the Arctic Circle; owned by Denmark but governed locally since 1978. Its native name is Kaballit Nunaat.

Note: Greenland is the largest island in the world. (Australia is larger but is officially a continent, not an island.)
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