[ ahys-lan-dik ]

  1. of or relating to Iceland, its inhabitants, or their language.

  1. the language of Iceland, a North Germanic language. Abbreviation: Icel.

Origin of Icelandic

First recorded in 1665–75; Iceland + -ic

Other words from Icelandic

  • an·ti-Ice·lan·dic, adjective
  • pro-Ice·lan·dic, adjective

Words Nearby Icelandic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Icelandic in a sentence

  • All that is known of the early voyages of the Northmen, is contained in the old Icelandic Sagas.

  • Angerboda, the Icelandic hag, is also a storm demon, but represents the east wind.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria | Donald A. Mackenzie
  • The Icelandic saga-men never weary, though modern readers do, of legal details.

    Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
  • But, in any case, one Icelandic house of the tenth or eleventh century might differ from another in certain details.

    Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
  • As examples we turn to the parallel afforded by the Icelandic sagas and their pictures of houses of the eleventh century B.C.

    Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for Icelandic


/ (aɪsˈlændɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Iceland, its people, or their language

  1. the official language of Iceland, belonging to the North Germanic branch of the Indo-European family: See also Old Icelandic

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