[boo k-mawl]
  1. a literary form of Norwegian, derived from the Danish writing of urban Norwegians: one of the two official forms of written Norwegian.
Compare Nynorsk.

Origin of Bokmål

1935–40; < Norwegian: book language
Also called Dano-Norwegian, Riksmål. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for bokmal


  1. one of the two official forms of written Norwegian, closely related to DanishAlso called: Dano-Norwegian Formerly called: Riksmål Compare Nynorsk

Word Origin for Bokmål

Norwegian, literally: book language
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