Norse

[ nawrs ]
/ nɔrs /

adjective

of or relating to ancient Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their language.

noun

(used with a plural verb) the Norwegians, especially the ancient Norwegians.
(used with a plural verb) the Northmen or ancient Scandinavians generally.
the Norwegian language, especially in its older forms.
Compare Old Norse.

Origin of Norse

1590–1600; perhaps < Dutch noorsch, obsolete variant of noordsch (now noords), equivalent to noord north + -sch -ish1. Compare Norwegian, Swedish, Danish Norsk Norwegian, Norse

Related forms

non-Norse, adjective, noun, plural non-Norse.pre-Norse, adjective
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Norse

/ (nɔːs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient and medieval Scandinavia or its inhabitants
of, relating to, or characteristic of Norway

noun

  1. the N group of Germanic languages, spoken in Scandinavia; Scandinavian
  2. any one of these languages, esp in their ancient or medieval formsSee also Proto-Norse, Old Norse
the Norse (functioning as plural)
  1. the Norwegians
  2. the Vikings
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