[ skan-duh-ney-vee-uhn ]

  1. of or relating to Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their languages.

  1. a native or inhabitant of Scandinavia.

  2. the group of languages composed of Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Old Norse, Swedish, and the language of the Faeroe Islands; North Germanic. Abbreviations: Scand, Scand.

Origin of Scandinavian

First recorded in 1775–85; Scandinavi(a) + -an

Other words from Scandinavian

  • an·ti-Scan·di·na·vi·an, adjective, noun
  • non-Scan·di·na·vi·an, adjective, noun
  • pro-Scan·di·na·vi·an, adjective, noun

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

How to use Scandinavian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Scandinavian


/ (ˌskændɪˈneɪvɪən) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their languages

  1. a native or inhabitant of Scandinavia

  2. Also: Norse the northern group of Germanic languages, consisting of Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faeroese

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