One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Wearing a shaggy Faroese pullover, tight jeans and a headband, she has a pleated blonde pigtail and the world's bluest eyes.’
1A native or inhabitant of the Faroes, or a person of Faroese descent.
- ‘‘The Scots are like the Faroese in their amazing passion for football,’ he states.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So, the Faroese are broadly reassured about the exploratory drilling 120 miles off their shores.’
- ‘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.’
2mass noun The official language of the Faroes, a Scandinavian language closely related to Icelandic.
- ‘Icelandic and Faroese, however, are no longer immediately intelligible to other Scandinavians, even though they retain many features of original Scandinavian.’
- ‘Swedish is a north Germanic language related to Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, and Faeroese; it has incorporated elements of German, French, English, and Finnish.’
- ‘The northern folk, who stayed where they were, gradually changed their language into Icelandic, Faeroese, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish.’
- ‘It is most closely related to Faroese (the language spoken on the Faroe Islands).’
- ‘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.’
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