Definition of Dutch in English:



  • 1Relating to the Netherlands, its people, or their language.

    • ‘Denmark's refusal to grant a visa was echoed by Dutch government when the Netherlands was proposed as an alternate site.’
    • ‘It was a good political move to insist that the courses were taught there in the Dutch language.’
    • ‘The proposals themselves can be submitted only by Dutch companies, registered in the Netherlands.’
    • ‘Ethnic minorities who already lived in the country should learn the language and adapt to Dutch society.’
    • ‘But other voyaging Dutch painters did, and from them he learnt to paint soaring pines and tree-cracking torrents.’
    • ‘The Glasgow club is unlikely to win the final pool match against the impressively strong Dutch hosts and reigning European champions today.’
    • ‘The party was expected to make big gains in next week's Dutch elections.’
    • ‘Management at the pub, while expressing sympathy for the family of the dead man, directed all questions to the Dutch police.’
    • ‘Patients who queued around the block in Third World scenes to register with a Dutch dentist are no nearer getting treatment after her past was exposed.’
    • ‘Since then it's had various incarnations, culminating in a total restoration and enlargement by a Dutch couple in 1999.’
    • ‘He became a master of Rangaku, the study of Western science by means of the Dutch language.’
    • ‘The deal was put together in the Netherlands by Dutch lawyers under Dutch law.’
    • ‘He has visited similar cafes in The Netherlands and wants to style his after the Dutch model.’
    • ‘One was signed by a Dutch football fan from Rotterdam.’
    • ‘A similar census in the Netherlands was far more efficient, and many Dutch Jews were killed.’
    • ‘They gained the most power in the northern area, where early forms of the Dutch language took hold.’
    • ‘His parents sent him to a Dutch language class even though he speaks French at home.’
    • ‘The dialect is the Amish native tongue and should not be confused with the Dutch language of the Netherlands.’
    • ‘He was one of the few Indonesians to attend a Dutch university in the Netherlands Indies.’
    • ‘The Dutch language texts were primarily told by men and the type can be considered as masculine, which is of course also underlined by its content.’
  • 2Relating to the people of Germany; German.


  • 1The West Germanic language of the Netherlands.

    • ‘If you're worried about not speaking a word of Dutch, relax.’
    • ‘French is essentially an attempt by the Dutch to speak a Romance language.’
    • ‘The old and small generation of well-educated Indonesians who spoke Dutch is passing away.’
    • ‘Soon, this section alone was widely circulated in Spanish, Latin, German, Dutch, French and English.’
    • ‘And it's not limited to English - French, Dutch, Japanese, Welsh and others are covered too.’
    • ‘The site provides versions of itself in Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch as well as English.’
    • ‘Exports are going well, with games available in German, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic and Punjabi as well as English and French.’
    • ‘The Flemish, those residing in Flanders, the northern half of the country, speak Dutch.’
    • ‘The language spoken in Flanders is Dutch, which is commonly called Flemish.’
    • ‘However, it also became very popular abroad and was translated into French, Dutch, and German.’
    • ‘The native language of Antwerp is Dutch, but most people also speak French, German and English.’
    • ‘However, there are also traces of Celtic, Old French, Middle and High German, Dutch and even Romany.’
    • ‘Yiddishisms occur in such languages as Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, and Spanish.’
    • ‘He speaks six languages: Spanish, Italian, Dutch, English, French and Portuguese.’
    • ‘The official language is Dutch, which is spoken little in daily life.’
    • ‘Depending on the region, classes may be taught in either French, Dutch, or German.’
    • ‘He also was the translator for many of the books he published, using his knowledge of French, Latin and Dutch.’
    • ‘The voices you hear speak Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, French and English.’
    • ‘Many of the French settlers also knew Dutch, and both languages appear in early official documents.’
    • ‘The backlash persuaded his father to take a job in Holland, where Malcolm spent the first five years of his life learning Dutch as his first language.’
    girlfriend, girl, sweetheart, partner, significant other, inamorata, fiancée
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  • 2as plural noun the DutchThe people of the Netherlands collectively.

    • ‘Whe then Spanish had conquered the Dutch for over 400 years they left their mark racially and culturally.’
    • ‘The Dutch gave Canada 1 million tulips in gratitude for the friendship displayed in the war.’
    • ‘This is a perfect example of the differences in colonial rule between the British and the Dutch.’
    • ‘The first decades of the seventeenth century witnessed the collapse of much of the Portuguese empire in the East, to be replaced by the Dutch.’
    • ‘But already, they have caught up with the Dutch in their freefall into the moral abyss.’
    • ‘During the 16th century the area was occupied by the Portuguese, the British, and the Dutch.’
    • ‘An English trading post at Cormantine in west Africa was augmented by the seizure of Cape Coast Castle from the Dutch in 1664.’
    • ‘European expansion started with the Portuguese, followed by the Spanish and the Dutch.’
    • ‘Many of their children were later involved in the national struggle for independence against the Dutch.’
    • ‘Well Australia of course was known at least much of the western part to European eyes through the Dutch.’
    • ‘The ceramics trade was very profitable for Asian and European traders, especially the Dutch.’
    • ‘The French and Spanish already call their ships masculine and the Dutch and Germans consider them neuter.’
    • ‘The one point imposed by the Dutch on the Thais and greatly resented was the clause introducing extraterritoriality.’
    • ‘Both the Dutch and Indonesians also sold things on the black market, like cigarettes, alcohol and clothes.’
    • ‘Spain and Greece have been popular summer holiday destinations for the Dutch for many years.’
    • ‘The result is a toleration of evil in Britain, which is now being shamed and exposed by comparison with the Dutch and Danes.’
    • ‘He was an Englishman committed to his nation's titanic economic struggle against the Dutch.’
    • ‘As British troops were withdrawn from the Netherlands, the Dutch and Austrians found themselves exposed to defeat.’
    • ‘The great slaving powers were the English, the French, the Portuguese and the Dutch.’
    • ‘The only people who actually meet that target are the Scandinavian countries and the Dutch.’


  • go dutch

    • Share the cost of something, especially a meal, equally.

      • ‘The net result, Germany, which was sailing with a 1-lead, had to accept the rival's credo: go Dutch!’
      • ‘I've resolved that this government should go Dutch.’
      • ‘And more to the point, I'm very strict about going Dutch, so that's even more money.’
      • ‘She makes up for it by insisting on going Dutch on less formal occasions and making us dinner at her place fairly often.’
      • ‘I mean, if you ever date one, go Dutch, or you'll be spending the rest of your life working off the debt.’
      • ‘Then again, he's probably terrified this will encourage other nice restaurants to adopt this practice, which means the end of going Dutch on dates.’
      • ‘I'll pay for it, or we'll go Dutch, if that offends your sensitivities.’
      • ‘In effect, it would amount to going Dutch in a month.’
      • ‘Logically the following may be a good idea: a female job-loser and a male manager dine together and then they go Dutch.’
      • ‘Will Tottenham go Dutch with their summer transfer targets?’
      split, divide, go halves in, go halves with
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  • in dutch

    • informal, dated In trouble.

      ‘he's been getting in Dutch at school’


From Middle Dutch dutsch ‘Dutch, Netherlandish, German’: the English word originally denoted speakers of both High and Low German, but became more specific after the United Provinces adopted the Low German of Holland as the national language on independence in 1579.