1. Of or relating to medieval Scandinavia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
2. Of or relating to Norway or its people, language, or culture.
3. Of, relating to, or being the branch of the North Germanic languages that includes Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faroese.
a. The people of Scandinavia; the Scandinavians.
b. The people of Norway; the Norwegians.
c. Speakers of Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faroese.
a. See North Germanic.
b. Any of the Norse languages, especially Norwegian.
[Probably Dutch Noorsch, Scandinavian, from Middle Dutch Noortsch, from nort, north; see ner-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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