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Danish

[dey-nish]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Danes, their country, or their language.
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noun
  1. a North Germanic language, the language of Denmark, closely related to Norwegian, Swedish, and Icelandic.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) Danish pastry.
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Origin of Danish

before 900; Middle English, alteration of Denish (by influence of Dan Dane), Old English Denisc, from Germanic danisk- (unattested); see Dane, -ish1
Related formsnon-Dan·ish, adjectivepro-Dan·ish, adjective
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Danish

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Denmark, its people, or their language
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noun
  1. the official language of Denmark, belonging to the North Germanic branch of the Indo-European family
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Word Origin and History for danish

Danish

Old English Denisc "people of Denmark" (see Dane); danish pastry is 1934; shortened form danish is from 1963.

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