[ dey-nish ]

  1. of or relating to the Danes, their country, or their language.

  1. a North Germanic language, the language of Denmark, closely related to Norwegian, Swedish, and Icelandic. Abbreviations: Dan, Dan.

  2. (sometimes lowercase) Danish pastry.

Origin of Danish

First recorded before 900; Middle English, alteration of Denshe, Danshe, Dench (by influence of Dan “(a) Dane”), Old English Denisc , from Germanic daniskaz; see origin at Dane, -ish1

Other words from Danish

  • an·ti-Da·nish, adjective
  • non-Dan·ish, adjective
  • pro-Dan·ish, adjective

Words Nearby Danish

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How to use Danish in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Danish


/ (ˈdeɪnɪʃ) /

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

  1. the official language of Denmark, belonging to the North Germanic branch of the Indo-European family

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