[nawr-wee-juh n]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Norway.
  2. the language of Norway, a Germanic language spoken in two different dialects known as Bokmål and Nynorsk. Abbreviation: Norw

Origin of Norwegian

1595–1605; earlier Norvegian < Medieval Latin Norvegi(a) Norway + -an
Related formspro-Nor·we·gian, adjective, nounpseu·do-Nor·we·gian, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for norwegian


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Norway, its language, or its people
  1. any of the various North Germanic languages of NorwaySee also Nynorsk, Bokmål Compare Norse
  2. a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Norway
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Word Origin and History for norwegian


c.1600 (n. and adj.), sometimes in early use Norvegian, from Medieval Latin Norvegia "Norway," from Old Norse Norvegr (see Norway) + -ian.

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