Definition of Greenland in US English:


proper noun

  • A large island lying to the northeast of North America and mostly within the Arctic Circle; population 56,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Nuuk (Godthåb).

    Only 5 percent of Greenland is habitable; the population is largely Inuit. Formerly a Norse and a Danish settlement, Greenland became a dependency of Denmark in 1953 with internal autonomy in 1979. It withdrew from the European Community in 1985

    Danish name Grønland; called in Inuit Kalaallit Nunaat