Definition of Dutch in English:



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

    • ‘Since then it's had various incarnations, culminating in a total restoration and enlargement by a Dutch couple in 1999.’
    • ‘One was signed by a Dutch football fan from Rotterdam.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was one of the few Indonesians to attend a Dutch university in the Netherlands Indies.’
    • ‘The deal was put together in the Netherlands by Dutch lawyers under Dutch law.’
    • ‘His parents sent him to a Dutch language class even though he speaks French at home.’
    • ‘A similar census in the Netherlands was far more efficient, and many Dutch Jews were killed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ethnic minorities who already lived in the country should learn the language and adapt to Dutch society.’
    • ‘It was a good political move to insist that the courses were taught there in the Dutch language.’
    • ‘They gained the most power in the northern area, where early forms of the Dutch language took hold.’
    • ‘Denmark's refusal to grant a visa was echoed by Dutch government when the Netherlands was proposed as an alternate site.’
    • ‘He became a master of Rangaku, the study of Western science by means of the Dutch language.’
    • ‘Management at the pub, while expressing sympathy for the family of the dead man, directed all questions to the Dutch police.’
    • ‘The proposals themselves can be submitted only by Dutch companies, registered in the Netherlands.’
    • ‘He has visited similar cafes in The Netherlands and wants to style his after the Dutch model.’
    • ‘The party was expected to make big gains in next week's Dutch elections.’
    • ‘The dialect is the Amish native tongue and should not be confused with the Dutch language of the Netherlands.’
  • 2Relating to the people of Germany; German.


  • 1The West Germanic language of the Netherlands.

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

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


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.