Meaning of Danish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdeɪnɪʃ/

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  • Relating to Denmark or its people or language.

    ‘We are a Danish company and in Denmark there are duties on bags and in Germany also, so we are used to it.’
    • ‘DENMARK - Danish astronomer has found what appears to be the thirteenth planet, orbiting just outside the orbit of the earth.’
    • ‘Karl Skaarup's visit to Orkney is believed to be the first trip outside Denmark and a Danish film crew will follow him to the festival.’
    • ‘The next day I meet former islander Joseph who now lives in Denmark with his Danish wife.’
    • ‘The recent successes can be traced to a general conviction in Denmark that Danish voices should be heard in the wider world while also remaining true to their own visions.’
    • ‘Nielsen, in her Danish language debut, is radiant as Sarah and about as far from Hollywood as you get, her clear-skinned face bare of makeup, dressed simply in jeans and trainers.’
    • ‘HMS Norfolk has returned to her home port of Devonport after taking part in a two-week NATO exercise run by the Danish navy off Denmark.’
    • ‘Harald Bluetooth was a Danish king who unified Denmark and Norway in the 10th century.’
    • ‘Further prerequisites include learning the Danish language and attending integration courses.’
    • ‘It was also based on my experiences living in Denmark with the Danish people.’
    • ‘Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg this week joined the succession of supplicants in a visit to Denmark for meetings with Rassmussen and other Danish leaders.’
    • ‘Donaldson becomes Crown Princess Mary, a Danish citizen and member of Denmark's State Lutheran Church.’
    • ‘I lived with a Danish family, while attending high school in Denmark.’
    • ‘He fled to Bergen, now in Norway but then part of Denmark, and was arrested as a pirate by the Danish authorities.’
    • ‘Its Danish spokesman has been convicted of disseminating racist propaganda in Denmark.’
    • ‘When the young Danish scientist Bjorn Lomborg recently published his The Sceptical Environmentalist, a horde of angry commentators dismissed him as a crank.’
    • ‘The U.S. and Danish governments built the villagers contemporary prefabricated houses - small red, green, blue, and purple chalets.’
    • ‘Denmark's representative at the meeting of ministers is compelled to ask for the change because of a vote by the Danish Parliament's EU committee that came out in favour of seeking to reopen discussions.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago, Vinci's representatives visited Bulgaria and had talks with the relevant institutions to decide whether to appeal against the choice of the Danish candidate.’
    • ‘On one program, screened straight after the documentary on the bride-to-be, viewers were taken on a tour of Tasmania with a Danish couple who were making their way around the island by car.’


  • 1mass noun The Scandinavian language spoken in Denmark, which is also the official language of Greenland and the Faroes. It is spoken by over 5 million people.

    ‘During the centuries-long union with Denmark, Norwegians accepted Danish as their written language.’
    • ‘Icelandic is the national language of Iceland, although both English and Danish are understood and spoken by many Icelanders as well.’
    • ‘Scandinavian languages like Danish and Swedish are almost as poor in conjugational suffixes as English, and yet in some dialects the verb moves.’
    • ‘The country's official language is Danish, but many Danes, especially the young, also speak English and German.’
    • ‘While all the people speak Icelandic, most also speak Danish and English.’
    • ‘Whereas Ibsen wrote in virtual Danish, a distinguished literature emerged in the new language at the turn of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Classes will be provided for children of asylum seekers so they can speak Danish when they start school.’
    • ‘Lego for example come from Denmark and in Danish is pronounced leg godt and means play well.’
    • ‘Swedish is a North Germanic language, related to Norwegian, Danish, and German.’
    • ‘Norwegian is a Germanic language closely related to Swedish and Danish.’
    • ‘Swedish is a Germanic language closely related to Norwegian and Danish.’
    • ‘I can't speak a single word of Danish, and yet the people in the school spoke fluently in English and their mother tongue, switching between the two mid-sentence.’
    • ‘They also met with visiting education officials from Greenland, where classes are taught in Inuit, Danish and English.’
    • ‘Faroese are fluent in Danish and increasingly in English.’
    • ‘Fluent in Irish, Danish, French and with knowledge of German and Japanese, Ms Moynihan plays an active role in several international organisations.’
    • ‘The dividing line between the languages we call Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish is linguistically arbitrary but politically and culturally relevant.’
    • ‘Language is a unifying factor, as Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish are mutually intelligible languages.’
    • ‘Nussle was born in Chicago in 1931 and grew up speaking Danish, learning English only when he started school.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, translations into Norwegian had become a reality, or rather two, as the country's language moved further away from Danish and itself split into two official languages.’
    • ‘Carrera Andrade appeared in other anthologies on the European continent, including anthologies in Danish, French, and German.’
  • 2as plural noun the DanishThe people of Denmark.

    ‘The TEU was rejected by the Danish following a referendum in 1992 and was only accepted in 1993 following major concessions.’
    • ‘Over the next decade, more skirmishes ensued between the Dutch, the Efutu chief, and the Danish.’
    • ‘Instead of following in his father's footsteps he joined the army at the age of 17 and saw some action against the Danish.’
    • ‘Two are run by Americans and one by the Dutch, Danish and Norwegians - the so-called Viking contingent.’
    • ‘He owned a sporting agency and I was trained to sell fishing and hunting to the Italians, Danish and Germans.’
    • ‘‘The Danish really couldn't do enough for us - especially once they found out we were Tasmanian,’ SSgt Schmidt said.’
    • ‘Known as Sjælland to the Danish, Zealand is the largest island of Denmark.’
    • ‘An agreement between the Danish and the Home Rule governments that would allow the U.S. to expand Thule, was postponed last weekend.’
    • ‘Having said that, I would also like to know the opinion of the Portuguese or the Danish, or the British, or altogether.’
    • ‘The difference between us and the Danish was the fact that the Danish admitted that the problems where their fault, the French wouldn't admit to their even being a problem.’
    • ‘Western Europeans have embraced organic food enthusiastically, with the Danish leading the way.’
    • ‘What the Danish, who have become heavily dependent on wind generators, have found is that the wind sometimes does not blow.’
    • ‘If one becomes reliant on windmills, as the Danish have found out, one then has to have backup thermal stations for when the wind is not blowing.’
  • 3 informal A Danish pastry.

    • ‘I just kept thinking of them as Danishes, light and buttery and creamy.’
    • ‘He went to the fridge and pulled out the Danishes and cakes that he had previously bought and shoved in there.’
    • ‘I was tempted towards the Danishes this morning, then had cake mid-afternoon.’
    • ‘We wake up every morning and eat mangoes, papayas and cinnamon Danishes.’
    • ‘There was a welcome basket on the kitchen table, full of fruit and some Danishes, a bottle of red wine.’
    • ‘I wanted to make everything from scratch: brioche, croissants, Danish, pies, layer cakes, and of course bread.’
    • ‘Not a top Danish but the best of the lot: buttery flaky pastry and a cinnamon taste.’
    • ‘And suppose they were, like me, logging on every day, each buying a coffee and a Danish, bagel or sandwich.’
    • ‘I decided my mood wasn't suited to any kind of rain-forest experience so I took myself off to Starbucks where I was to meet up with Graham for a well-earned cup of decent coffee and a pecan Danish.’
    • ‘For £2 you could have coffee and a Danish or tea and a scone with jam and cream.’
    • ‘When he grabs Rachel's notebook from my hands, his fingers leave smears from what was possibly a cheese Danish.’
    • ‘He bit into a Danish, his first in months, and perhaps his last before he poses, as only he can pose, once again.’
    • ‘Jack ordered a cheese Danish and a cup of French Vanilla cappuccino.’
    • ‘Madame sipped her coffee, a tad lukewarm, and nibbled at the Danish.’
    • ‘We had breakfast on the bus which consisted of a breakfast bar, juice, fruit, and a Danish.’
    • ‘‘We usually had a coffee and a Danish on our meeting breaks and would go right into a sugar slump,’ says spokeswoman Lorraine Ryan.’
    • ‘Leo bought us all cakes for breakfast, so after an hour in the gym I undid all the good I'd done with a Danish.’
    • ‘These days, Greg still occasionally eats a Danish for breakfast but never, EVER with a full fat latte.’


Old English Denisc, of Germanic origin; superseded in Middle English by forms influenced by Old French daneis and medieval Latin Danensis (from late Latin Dani ‘Danes’).