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Finnish

[fin-ish]
noun
  1. the principal language of Finland, a Uralic language related closely to Estonian and remotely to Hungarian.
  2. Finnic.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Finland or its inhabitants.
  2. Finnic.
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Origin of Finnish

First recorded in 1780–90; Finn + -ish1
Related formspro-Finn·ish, adjective
Can be confusedFinnish finish
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Examples from the Web for finnish

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Historical Examples

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

    Beowulf

    Anonymous

  • 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

  • It may be well to mention that the Finnish language is very remarkable.

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie


British Dictionary definitions for finnish

Finnish

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Finland, the Finns, or their language
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noun
  1. 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

Finnish

adj.

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

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