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Swedish

[swee-dish] /ˈswi dɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Sweden, its inhabitants, or their language.
noun
2.
the people of Sweden collectively.
3.
a Germanic language, the language of Sweden and parts of Finland, closely related to Danish and Norwegian.
Abbreviation: Sw.
Origin of Swedish
Swede + -ish1
Related forms
anti-Swedish, adjective
non-Swedish, adjective, noun
pro-Swedish, adjective
pseudo-Swedish, adjective
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Examples from the Web for Swedish
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Historical Examples
  • He falls at Ravenswood, in the battle against the Swedish king, Ongenþew, 2925.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • I hired a young Swedish girl and began to feel that I knew where I was.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • We should all be so delighted to hear how a Swedish—or Norwegian, is it?

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • Five Norwegian ships, three Swedish and one Danish ship were sunk.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • It stands on the site of a blockhouse erected by the Swedish settlers in 1677.

British Dictionary definitions for Swedish

Swedish

/ˈswiːdɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Sweden, its people, or their language
noun
2.
the official language of Sweden, belonging to the North Germanic branch of the Indo-European family: one of the two official languages of Finland
3.
(functioning as pl) the Swedish, the people of Sweden collectively
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Word Origin and History for Swedish
adj.

c.1600, from Swede + -ish. Related: Swedishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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