[nee-nawrsk, -nohrsk; Norwegian ny-nawshk]
  1. a literary language based on western Norwegian dialects and Old Norse and in 1885 adopted as one of the two official languages of Norway.
Compare Bokmål.

Origin of Nynorsk

< Norwegian: literally, new Norwegian
Also called Landsmål, New Norse.
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British Dictionary definitions for nynorsk


  1. one of the two mutually intelligible official forms of written Norwegian: it also exists in spoken form and is derived from the dialect of W and N NorwayAlso called: Landsmål Compare Bokmål

Word Origin for Nynorsk

Norwegian: new Norse
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