of or relating to Sweden, its inhabitants, or their language.


the people of Sweden collectively.
a Germanic language, the language of Sweden and parts of Finland, closely related to Danish and Norwegian. Abbreviation: Sw

Origin of Swedish

Related formsan·ti-Swe·dish, adjectivenon-Swed·ish, adjective, nounpro-Swed·ish, adjectivepseu·do-Swed·ish, adjective
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Examples from the Web for swedish

Contemporary Examples of swedish

Historical Examples of swedish

  • He falls at Ravenswood, in the battle against the Swedish king, Ongenþew, 2925.



  • I hired a young Swedish girl and began to feel that I knew where I was.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • We should all be so delighted to hear how a Swedish—or Norwegian, is it?

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen

  • Five Norwegian ships, three Swedish and one Danish ship were sunk.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

  • It stands on the site of a blockhouse erected by the Swedish settlers in 1677.

British Dictionary definitions for swedish



of, relating to, or characteristic of Sweden, its people, or their language


the official language of Sweden, belonging to the North Germanic branch of the Indo-European family: one of the two official languages of Finland
the Swedish (functioning as plural) the people of Sweden collectively
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Word Origin and History for swedish



c.1600, from Swede + -ish. Related: Swedishness.

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