[ nawr-wee-juhn ]

  1. of or relating to Norway, its inhabitants, or their language.

  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

Other words from Norwegian

  • an·ti-Nor·we·gian, adjective, noun
  • pro-Nor·we·gian, adjective, noun
  • pseu·do-Nor·we·gian, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Norwegian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Norwegian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Norwegian


/ (nɔːˈwiːdʒən) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Norway, its language, or its people

  1. any of the various North Germanic languages of Norway: See also Nynorsk, Bokmål Compare Norse

  2. a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Norway

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