Definition of Norwegian in English:



  • Relating to Norway or its people or language.

    • ‘While still in Norway a Norwegian commander who worked in the shipyard that built St Albans paid the ship a visit.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Benitez has backed Norwegian hotshot John Arne Riise to keep finding the target following three goals in four games over the Christmas period.’
    • ‘It is an unspoken rule that is never questioned - Norwegian sailors will assist when emergency is declared, they always have and will continue to do so.’
    • ‘The captain of this Norwegian ship is under duress.’
    • ‘While driving along the winding and narrow Norwegian roads alongside a fjord we came to a massive glacier towering across the clearest expanse of pure turquoise water.’
    • ‘Nynorsk is a combination of rural dialects intended to be a distinctly Norwegian language, one not influenced by Danish.’
    • ‘Every weekend, armies of Norwegians drive to Sweden to stock up at supermarkets that are a bargain only by Norwegian standards.’
    • ‘This is a constant problem in Norwegian football, and most non-Rosenborg fans feel this way: in all areas of doubt, Rosenborg get the advantage.’
    • ‘The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the 170-metre semi-submersible barge had since drifted into Norwegian waters.’
    • ‘But in spite of my fondness for Norway I have never become a Norwegian citizen.’
    • ‘I did many evening courses in the Norwegian language and I eventually began to get freelance translation work.’
    • ‘Prema was invited by the Ethiopian and Norwegian authorities to train doctors in Ethiopia and she trained Ethiopia's first plastic surgeon.’
    • ‘Dr Addyman said York had been the centre of a vast Viking empire in the west, and was still considered by hordes of Norwegian visitors as a little outpost of Norway.’
    • ‘Volunteers recruited from the National Union of Students washed dishes in the camp, and one Norwegian student hitch-hiked from Newcastle to help.’
    • ‘The first successful crossing by ship would not occur until Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen set out in 1903.’
    • ‘Secondly, The Bookseller of Kabul, the previous book by Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad, is an intimate portrayal of an Afghan family I know.’
    • ‘Some time during her earlier years, Ellen went to Alta to perfect her knowledge of the Norwegian language, and to learn home economics and sewing.’
    • ‘But another danger is lurking for the Scottish salmon industry, which is fighting to compete against cheaper Chilean and Norwegian fish.’
    • ‘One of the government's first, and wisest, steps was to hire the vastly experienced Norwegian oilman Alex Buvik to advise it on environmental and safety issues.’
    • ‘English was another threat to the maintenance of the Norwegian language in America.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Norway, or a person of Norwegian descent.

    • ‘Major cuts in North Sea cod will be announced within a week - delayed because of continuing negotiations with the Norwegians.’
    • ‘The trick for me has been to attempt to absorb Norway, not to be negative, to identify with Norwegians and Norway, yet not lose my Irish roots.’
    • ‘The Norwegians had not ditched all their directness, though.’
    • ‘A ride in a horse and carriage to view a glacier in Norway turned into a nightmare for the party of 47 British holidaymakers and two Norwegians.’
    • ‘There are Brazilians, Austrians, Americans, Brits and Norwegians.’
    • ‘The national stadium, which will house 6,000 Norwegians on Saturday, was sold out last Wednesday.’
    • ‘Each year the Norwegians observe the 17th of May as their National Day, celebrating independence.’
    • ‘We thank the Norwegians for their help with the travel and accommodation, and are very much looking forward to going to Brisbane.’
    • ‘Open to all comers, it attracts thousands of Norwegians, and most of the world's best marathon skiers.’
    • ‘This was obvious when the Norwegians carried out a massive construction programme to harness their hydro-power.’
    • ‘Most Norwegians have an entirely different perspective of religion.’
    • ‘You wonder what the oblivious couple would make of these two 28-year-old Norwegians if they glanced over at our table.’
    • ‘The Norwegians are touring the West of Ireland and are based in Galway City and will spend just one night in Kiltimagh.’
    • ‘The 16-year-old later told police that the Norwegians had started the fights, but added that he had been drinking.’
    • ‘Lillesand was once a fishing and shipbuilding town, but now it plays host to rich Norwegians on holiday, or who have taken up residence.’
    • ‘In a few days Norway and Norwegians all over the World will celebrate the 17th of May.’
    • ‘Hoardings explain that the money for this development has been given by the Swedes and the Norwegians, the Japanese and the European Union.’
    • ‘The Norwegians have just one point, but still harbour hopes of catching the Glasgow side with two games remaining.’
    • ‘Every 17th of May you will see Norwegians at their rowdiest and drunkest for their National Day celebrations.’
    • ‘About 130 Norwegians flew to the North Pole and cheered and drank champagne on a charter flight as they passed the top of the globe on a round trip from Oslo.’
  • 2mass noun The language of Norway, a member of the Scandinavian language group.

    Norwegian today exists in two forms, Bokmål, the more widely used, a modified form of Danish, and Nynorsk (‘new Norwegian’), a 19th-century literary form devised from the country dialects most closely descended from Old Norse, and considered to be a purer form of the language than Bokmål

    See also Bokmål, Nynorsk
    • ‘Swedish is a Germanic language closely related to Norwegian and Danish.’
    • ‘Swedish is a North Germanic language, related to Norwegian, Danish, and German.’
    • ‘Icelandic is a Germanic language related to Norwegian.’
    • ‘As of 1990, about 80,000 speakers of Norwegian remained in the United States.’
    • ‘As well as Gaelic, Scots and English, he wrote poems in French, Italian and Norwegian.’
    • ‘Most of Shukla's works have been translated and published in Norwegian and Urdu languages.’
    • ‘Having lived in Norway, and therefore having an ability to speak Norwegian, I have been fascinated by the coverage.’
    • ‘Most of those written in Norwegian or Russian provide English summaries.’
    • ‘Short was a talented linguist, who in addition to Turkish spoke Bulgarian, Norwegian, French and Portuguese.’
    • ‘They spoke Norwegian and French respectively to the children; English to each other and Bulgarian with the home help and babysitter.’
    • ‘There are actually two forms of Norwegian, both of which are considered official languages and can be understood by all Norwegians.’
    • ‘In Scandinavia, for instance, if a traveller knows Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian, it is possible to communicate across language boundaries.’
    • ‘It is now available in Norwegian, French, German, Slovenian and Danish.’
    • ‘Other languages used in the press and in public schools included Yiddish, Swedish, and Norwegian.’
    • ‘The Herth Hope Index was translated from English into Norwegian according to internationally accepted guidelines.’
    • ‘He writes in both Arabic and English, and some of his work has been translated into German, Italian, Greek and Norwegian.’
    • ‘Translated from Norwegian, it will soon be available in paperback.’
    • ‘Language is a unifying factor, as Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish are mutually intelligible languages.’
    • ‘In addition to musical interests he acquired several languages, and later added others, including Latin, Norwegian, and Russian.’
    • ‘The German language is related to Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, and Icelandic, as well as to English.’


From medieval Latin Norvegia ‘Norway’ (from Old Norse Norvegr, literally ‘north way’) + -an.