of or relating to Flanders, its people, or their language.
pertaining to or designating the style of art, especially painting, as developed principally in Flanders and northern France during the 15th century, chiefly characterized by sharply delineated forms, naturalistic proportions, clear, usually cool colors, and the use of perspective.


the people of Flanders collectively; the Flemings.
the Dutch language as spoken in northern Belgium: one of the official languages of Belgium. Abbreviation: Flem., Flem

Origin of Flemish

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch Vlaemsch, equivalent to Vlaem- (see Fleming) + -sch -ish1
Related formsnon-Flem·ish, adjective, noun
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Contemporary Examples of flemish

  • In elections last May, however, the Flemish separatists won big, which could eventually pave the way to a partitioned nation.

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    Europe’s Secession Panic

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    September 18, 2014

  • The English and their Flemish allies cheered and celebrated the victory in disbelief.

  • Shakespeare had one, as did the Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck, whom the Van Dyke was named after.

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    What Does a Goatee Say About You?

    Bryan Curtis

    November 12, 2009

  • In 1998, Bill Gates was meeting with Flemish Minister and President Van den Brande when he got a pie in the kisser.

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    The 6 Best Pie-in-the-Face Pranks

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    October 23, 2009

Historical Examples of flemish

British Dictionary definitions for flemish



one of the two official languages of Belgium, almost identical in form with Dutch
the Flemish (functioning as plural) the Flemings collectively


of, relating to, or characteristic of Flanders, the Flemings, or their language
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Word Origin and History for flemish



early 14c., flemmysshe, probably from Old Frisian Flemische, or from Fleming + -ish.

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