1. a North Germanic language, the language of Denmark, closely related to Norwegian, Swedish, and Icelandic.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) Danish pastry.

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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British Dictionary definitions for danish


  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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Word Origin and History for danish


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

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