the principal language of Finland, a Uralic language related closely to Estonian and remotely to Hungarian.


of or relating to Finland or its inhabitants.

Origin of Finnish

First recorded in 1780–90; Finn + -ish1
Related formspro-Finn·ish, adjective
Can be confusedFinnish finish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for finnish

Contemporary Examples of finnish

Historical Examples of finnish

  • The sea upbore me, flood of the tide, on Finnish land, the welling waters.



  • They cover the most interesting and exciting periods of Swedish and Finnish history.

    The Standard Oratorios

    George P. Upton

  • If any did this thing, it was Groa the Witch, thy Finnish bedmate.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • That Suomi is divided, every one who has studied Finnish politics must know.

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie

  • A Finnish bath once taken by man or woman can never be forgotten!

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie

British Dictionary definitions for finnish



of, relating to, or characteristic of Finland, the Finns, or their language


the official language of Finland, also spoken in Estonia and NW Russia, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
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Word Origin and History for finnish



c.1790, from Finn + -ish. Earlier was Finnic (1660s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper