Norse



[nawrs] /nɔrs/

adjective
1.
of or relating to ancient Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their language.
2.
(def 1).
noun
3.
(used with a plural verb) the , especially the ancient .
4.
(used with a plural verb) the Northmen or ancient Scandinavians generally.
5.
the language, especially in its older forms.
/nɔːs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient and medieval Scandinavia or its inhabitants
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Norway
noun
3.

4.
(functioning as pl) the Norse

n.

1590s, “a Norwegian,” from obsolete Dutch Noorsch (adj.) “Norwegian,” from noordsch “northern, nordic,” from noord “north” (see north). Also in some cases borrowed from cognate Danish or Norwegian norsk. As a language, from 1680s. Old Norse attested from 1844. An Old English word for “a Norwegian” was Norðman. As an adjective from 1768.

In Old French, Norois as a noun meant “a Norse, Norseman,” also “action worth of a man from the North (i.e. usually considered as deceitful)” [Hindley, et. al.]; as an adjective it meant “northern, Norse, Norwegian,” also “proud, fierce, fiery, strong.”

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