Definition of Norwegian in English:



  • Relating to Norway or its people or language.

    • ‘The captain of this Norwegian ship is under duress.’
    • ‘Volunteers recruited from the National Union of Students washed dishes in the camp, and one Norwegian student hitch-hiked from Newcastle to help.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But in spite of my fondness for Norway I have never become a Norwegian citizen.’
    • ‘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 first successful crossing by ship would not occur until Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen set out in 1903.’
    • ‘Prema was invited by the Ethiopian and Norwegian authorities to train doctors in Ethiopia and she trained Ethiopia's first plastic surgeon.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Benitez has backed Norwegian hotshot John Arne Riise to keep finding the target following three goals in four games over the Christmas period.’
    • ‘English was another threat to the maintenance of the Norwegian language in America.’
    • ‘The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the 170-metre semi-submersible barge had since drifted into Norwegian waters.’
    • ‘Every weekend, armies of Norwegians drive to Sweden to stock up at supermarkets that are a bargain only by Norwegian standards.’
    • ‘While still in Norway a Norwegian commander who worked in the shipyard that built St Albans paid the ship a visit.’
    • ‘Nynorsk is a combination of rural dialects intended to be a distinctly Norwegian language, one not influenced by Danish.’
    • ‘Secondly, The Bookseller of Kabul, the previous book by Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad, is an intimate portrayal of an Afghan family I know.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But another danger is lurking for the Scottish salmon industry, which is fighting to compete against cheaper Chilean and Norwegian fish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I did many evening courses in the Norwegian language and I eventually began to get freelance translation work.’
    • ‘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.’


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

    • ‘Each year the Norwegians observe the 17th of May as their National Day, celebrating independence.’
    • ‘Major cuts in North Sea cod will be announced within a week - delayed because of continuing negotiations with the Norwegians.’
    • ‘The national stadium, which will house 6,000 Norwegians on Saturday, was sold out last Wednesday.’
    • ‘Most Norwegians have an entirely different perspective of religion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This was obvious when the Norwegians carried out a massive construction programme to harness their hydro-power.’
    • ‘Hoardings explain that the money for this development has been given by the Swedes and the Norwegians, the Japanese and the European Union.’
    • ‘You wonder what the oblivious couple would make of these two 28-year-old Norwegians if they glanced over at our table.’
    • ‘There are Brazilians, Austrians, Americans, Brits and Norwegians.’
    • ‘In a few days Norway and Norwegians all over the World will celebrate the 17th of May.’
    • ‘Open to all comers, it attracts thousands of Norwegians, and most of the world's best marathon skiers.’
    • ‘The Norwegians have just one point, but still harbour hopes of catching the Glasgow side with two games remaining.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We thank the Norwegians for their help with the travel and accommodation, and are very much looking forward to going to Brisbane.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lillesand was once a fishing and shipbuilding town, but now it plays host to rich Norwegians on holiday, or who have taken up residence.’
    • ‘Every 17th of May you will see Norwegians at their rowdiest and drunkest for their National Day celebrations.’
  • 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
    • ‘As well as Gaelic, Scots and English, he wrote poems in French, Italian and Norwegian.’
    • ‘Icelandic is a Germanic language related to Norwegian.’
    • ‘Translated from Norwegian, it will soon be available in paperback.’
    • ‘In Scandinavia, for instance, if a traveller knows Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian, it is possible to communicate across language boundaries.’
    • ‘Having lived in Norway, and therefore having an ability to speak Norwegian, I have been fascinated by the coverage.’
    • ‘Other languages used in the press and in public schools included Yiddish, Swedish, and Norwegian.’
    • ‘As of 1990, about 80,000 speakers of Norwegian remained in the United States.’
    • ‘There are actually two forms of Norwegian, both of which are considered official languages and can be understood by all Norwegians.’
    • ‘Short was a talented linguist, who in addition to Turkish spoke Bulgarian, Norwegian, French and Portuguese.’
    • ‘It is now available in Norwegian, French, German, Slovenian and Danish.’
    • ‘In addition to musical interests he acquired several languages, and later added others, including Latin, Norwegian, and Russian.’
    • ‘Most of Shukla's works have been translated and published in Norwegian and Urdu languages.’
    • ‘Swedish is a North Germanic language, related to Norwegian, Danish, and German.’
    • ‘The Herth Hope Index was translated from English into Norwegian according to internationally accepted guidelines.’
    • ‘Swedish is a Germanic language closely related to Norwegian and Danish.’
    • ‘The German language is related to Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, and Icelandic, as well as to English.’
    • ‘Most of those written in Norwegian or Russian provide English summaries.’
    • ‘Language is a unifying factor, as Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish are mutually intelligible languages.’
    • ‘They spoke Norwegian and French respectively to the children; English to each other and Bulgarian with the home help and babysitter.’
    • ‘He writes in both Arabic and English, and some of his work has been translated into German, Italian, Greek and Norwegian.’


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