Definition of Frisian

1. Noun. A native or inhabitant of Friesland or Frisia.

Generic synonyms: Dutch, Dutch People

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the people or culture or language of Friesland or Frisia.
Partainyms: Friesland, Frisia
Derivative terms: Frisia

3. Noun. A West Germanic language spoken in Friesland in the northwestern Netherlands; a near relative of English.
Generic synonyms: West Germanic, West Germanic Language
Specialized synonyms: Old Frisian

Definition of Frisian

1. a. Of or pertaining to Friesland, a province of the Netherlands; Friesic.

2. n. A native or inhabitant of Friesland; also, the language spoken in Friesland. See Friesic, n.

Definition of Frisian

1. Proper noun. A Germanic language group or language (see Usage notes), or a lect thereof, which descended from Old Frisian, with speakers in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. ¹

2. Noun. A member of the w:Frisians Germanic ethnic group which is native to the region of Frisia (which is in the Netherlands, northern Germany(,) and southern Denmark). ¹

3. Noun. A person who is from or who has long resided in the Dutch province of Friesland. ¹

4. Adjective. Of, in or relating to the Frisian language or a Frisian language. ¹

5. Adjective. Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Frisia; to people of Frisian descent. ¹

6. Adjective. Of or relating to the region of Frisia. ¹

7. Adjective. Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of the Dutch province of Friesland. ¹

8. Adjective. Of or relating to the Dutch province of Friesland. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Frisian

Frigid Zone
Fringilla coelebs
Fringilla montifringilla
Frisian (current term)
Frisian Islands
Fritillaria affinis
Fritillaria agrestis
Fritillaria biflora
Fritillaria imperialis
Fritillaria lanceolata
Fritillaria liliaceae
Fritillaria meleagris
Fritillaria micrantha
Fritillaria mutica
Fritillaria parviflora
Fritillaria pluriflora
Fritillaria recurva

Literary usage of Frisian

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"Of all the Germanic dialects this is the one nearest akin to Anglo- Saxon, so that the two tongues are sometimes classed together as Anglo-Saxon Frisian. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"Among the writers who have published in West Frisian during the 19th century, it is sufficient ... A society for the study of Frisian was founded in 1829 at ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The name East Frisian, however, is popularly given to the dialect of ... The North Frisian is subdivided into about 10 dialects, many of which are but ..."

4. The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham (1855)
"—With the Carlovingian writers, at least, the Frisian name included something beyond the Frisians Proper, or the Frisians in the strictest sense of the term ..."

5. An Indoeuropean Classification: A Lexicostatistical Experiment by Isidore Dyen, Joseph B. Kruskal, Paul Black (1992)
"The other evidence is the claim that Frisian or some Frisian dialects show marked resemblances to English, as in Jespersen's suggestion ..."

6. Handbook of the English Language: For the Use of Students of the by Robert Gordon Latham (1875)
"The Frisian.—Of this division much is known; for we have numerous specimens of almost every one of its present dialects and ..."

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