Definition of Faroese in English:

Faroese

(also Faeroese)

adjective

  • Relating to the Faroe Islands or their people or language.

    • ‘Outside, the silence is broken only by the quietly lapping sea, which today is behaving well; Vikings settled here, according to a Faroese joke, only because they were too seasick to sail on to Iceland.’
    • ‘Wearing a shaggy Faroese pullover, tight jeans and a headband, she has a pleated blonde pigtail and the world's bluest eyes.’
    • ‘If the oil is where the operators think it is, the Faroese fishermen want it shipped south-east to Shetland rather than north-west to the Faroes.’
    • ‘This was thought to be caused by the mainland markets being flooded with Faroese fish.’
    • ‘Their repertoire will include traditional Faroese and Nordic folk songs and church hymns, modern Faroese lyrics and classical choir music.’

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of the Faroes, or a person of Faroese descent.

    • ‘Young Faroese often head to Denmark or Britain for third-level education and to work, but many are glad to bring their experience back to the islands if they get the opportunity.’
    • ‘Like many, the Faroese have a strong affinity with the Irish, undoubtedly due in part to the fact that the islands were founded by 7th century Irish monks and settlers.’
    • ‘Instead of going through one of the many tunnels the Faroese have burrowed everywhere, John takes the stunning high road and soon we reach the mist-shrouded summit.’
    • ‘‘The Scots are like the Faroese in their amazing passion for football,’ he states.’
    • ‘So, the Faroese are broadly reassured about the exploratory drilling 120 miles off their shores.’
  • 2[mass noun] The official language of the Faroes, a Scandinavian language closely related to Icelandic.

    • ‘For example, Icelandic and Faroese have rich verbal agreement and allow expletive null subjects whereas Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish lack rich verbal agreement and disallow expletive null subjects.’
    • ‘Swedish is a north Germanic language related to Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, and Faeroese; it has incorporated elements of German, French, English, and Finnish.’
    • ‘It is most closely related to Faroese (the language spoken on the Faroe Islands).’
    • ‘The northern folk, who stayed where they were, gradually changed their language into Icelandic, Faeroese, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish.’
    • ‘Icelandic and Faroese, however, are no longer immediately intelligible to other Scandinavians, even though they retain many features of original Scandinavian.’

Pronunciation:

Faroese

/ˌfɛːrəʊˈiːz/