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Scandinavian

[skan-duh-ney-vee-uh n] /ˌskæn dəˈneɪ vi ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their languages.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Scandinavia.
3.
the group of languages composed of Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Old Norse, Swedish, and the language of the Faeroe Islands; North Germanic.
Abbreviation: Scand.
Origin of Scandinavian
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85; Scandinavi(a) + -an
Related forms
non-Scandinavian, adjective, noun
pro-Scandinavian, adjective
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  • Their religion resembled that of their Scandinavian neighbours.

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  • The origin of the name thistle is probably Scandinavian, and associated with Thor.

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  • The play was the latest work of the Scandinavian dramatist, the actress was Glory Quayle.

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  • Indeed, we have many pure Scandinavian surnames and place-names.

  • The second attack on the Scandinavian convoy occurred on 12th December.

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British Dictionary definitions for Scandinavian

Scandinavian

/ˌskændɪˈneɪvɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their languages
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Scandinavia
3.
Also Norse. the northern group of Germanic languages, consisting of Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faeroese
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Word Origin and History for Scandinavian
adj.

1784; see Scandinavia + -ian. From 1830 as a noun; 1959 in reference to furniture and decor. In U.S. colloquial use sometimes Scandahoovian (1929), Scandiwegian. Alternative adjective Scandian (1660s) is from Latin Scandia.

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