Definition of Scandinavian in English:



  • Relating to Scandinavia, its people, or their languages.

    • ‘Scores of Yorkshire dialect words have remarkably similar counterparts in modern Scandinavian languages.’
    • ‘Viking invasions a few centuries later brought Scandinavian languages to the British Isles, while the Norman invasion in 1066 introduced French.’
    • ‘The Scandinavian languages of the Viking settlers penetrated much more deeply into English vocabulary, syntax, morphology, and phonology.’
    • ‘The word came into the Gaelic language as an old Scandinavian word.’
    • ‘Listening back to the tape of our conversation, I'm struck by the language he uses when talking about how Scandinavian countries serve as a model for an independent Scotland.’
    • ‘We've played pre-season a few times against Scandinavian teams and they are big guys and very physical.’
    • ‘Sweden were similarly untroubled during their qualifying campaign and offer the type of athletic, organised, and experienced Scandinavian opposition against which England traditionally struggle.’
    • ‘These ships provide saunas, indoor swimming, Jacuzzis, delectable Scandinavian buffets, and a la carte restaurants featuring steaks and seafood.’
    • ‘Many celebrations were halted to hold a minute's silence, traditional firework displays in Scandinavian countries were cancelled, and black cloth was draped along Paris's Champs-Elysées.’
    • ‘But as the men's 100 metres heats got underway under azure skies and in clean Scandinavian air, there was little of the electricity in the atmosphere usually associated with the start of a championships.’
    • ‘Gorgeous views of valleys and forests are a perfect backdrop to the ‘Chalet’ huts designed in Scandinavian style and here you can easily slip into the storybook romance of yesteryears.’
    • ‘For Norway, as it is with most other Scandinavian countries, human rights has become a major foreign policy issue, at times even the defining issue around which other aspects of bilateral relations are built.’
    • ‘The Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Rout of Riccall of 1066 will be brought to life during the festival and, as a new focus for this year, the final week will feature new events exploring aspects of Scandinavian culture.’
    • ‘But in the last few months there has been a noticeable increase of listeners logging on in various parts of South Africa, the Far East, Scandinavian countries and of course all over Europe.’
    • ‘Bascially I'll eat my hat (and it's a really cool fedora so I don't really want to eat it) if Clark tries any Scandinavian style social or political engineering on us.’
    • ‘The first three floors are devoted to what the hotel calls its ‘Nordic’ rooms, which, given the chain's Scandinavian antecedents and ownership, are its flagship rooms.’
    • ‘He had reason to be sheepish, as his own favoured Scandinavian compatriots had been bombed out at an earlier stage even than Scotland, and because the process had done his organisation's reputation no favours.’
    • ‘This process was taking place at the same time that Scandinavian banks were expanding into the Baltic, and those of Austria into the territories of the former Austro-Hungarian empire.’
    • ‘The US, Canada and several Scandinavian countries are already signed up to the scheme, and refugee workers hope that Britain's move would encourage the rest of the European Union to join.’
    • ‘A bit of Scandinavian modesty might have seen the family through.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Scandinavia, or a person of Scandinavian descent.

    • ‘The Dutch and early English merchants created a gateway town that became a melting pot of Germans, Jews, Scandinavians, and Africans.’
    • ‘They were Europeans, Scandinavians, Americans and those that outnumbered the rest were Spanish.’
    • ‘Their placings are seen as sure signs that the Celts and Scandinavians were stitched up by a central and eastern European alliance.’
    • ‘The Russians, Scandinavians, and Swiss, in contrast, all gather wild mushrooms with great enthusiasm, thronging the woods every autumn.’
    • ‘Buyers included Scandinavians, Americans and British who were converting the former livestock farms to game that traditionally roamed the region.’
    • ‘The Scandinavians, Swiss, and French were particularly quick to see this.’
    • ‘The north polar domain has been explored and developed by Canada and the USA, by the British and Scandinavians, and by the Russians.’
    • ‘Most evidence for slavery in the Viking Age refers to Scandinavians as slave traders but not as slaveholders in their own society.’
    • ‘Icelandic and Faroese, however, are no longer immediately intelligible to other Scandinavians, even though they retain many features of original Scandinavian.’
    • ‘Along with other Scandinavians, Swedes celebrate the summer solstice, or Midsummer's Day, on June 21.’
    • ‘However, since it was mainly Europeans and Scandinavians that visited and stayed in St. Petersburg, it was disturbing.’
    • ‘Kenneth raided Northumbria repeatedly, but his kingdom suffered assaults from the Britons of Strathclyde as well as Scandinavians.’
    • ‘Six of the 12-strong European team are Scandinavians, and they all played their part.’
    • ‘The rest of the Scandinavians and the Spanish are getting to know it.’
    • ‘So it was that only two of the Europeans, both Scandinavians, registered singles wins.’
    • ‘They were known as the Scandinavians, or Norse people.’
    • ‘Americans, Germans, Scandinavians, British and Australians come in a stream all year round.’
    • ‘Most of the raiders were Danes, but the common tongue of the Scandinavians enabled them all to work together.’
    • ‘Father met mother out here - she was a New Zealand-born Scandinavian.’
    • ‘The range of gadgets and gizmos is practical rather than eye dazzling, pretty much as you expect from a very practical Scandinavian.’
  • 2mass noun The northern branch of the Germanic languages, comprising Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, and Faroese, all descended from Old Norse.

    • ‘They included papers in English, German, and Scandinavian.’
    • ‘It meant nothing, it was just fake German or fake Scandinavian or something..’
    • ‘A common language can be French, Scandinavian, Swahili whatever, and does not have to be English so the change proposed should actually be an improvement in the French eyes.’
    • ‘Er, no, sorry, he actually said: ‘I am a Viking,’ in guttural Scandinavian.’