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Flem·​ish ˈfle-mish How to pronounce Flemish (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Flanders or the Flemings or their language


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: the Germanic language of the Flemings that is made up of dialects of Dutch
plural in construction : flemings

Examples of Flemish in a Sentence

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No other vessel lends itself to romantic floral arrangements quite like a pedestal bowl, a container that often made appearances in Dutch and Flemish botanical paintings of the 17th century. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 Among major acquisitions during Tedeschi’s time as director have been collections of Dutch, Flemish, and Netherlandish drawings from the 16th to 18th centuries and of postwar German art. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2023 The bets were made in small towns in the Flemish countryside. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 The decision was made to bring it back to its former glory, to put on display its Flemish architecture, and to bring comfort to a nation decimated by war. Danuta Hamlin, Fox News, 1 Sep. 2023 James was away on a residency, so Hughes took care of Hal, James’s large Flemish rabbit. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, 1 Sep. 2023 The artist poses as both the man and woman of a 15th-century Flemish couple, using toilet paper to portray distinctive features of their attire. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2023 This comedy thriller was co-developed by one of its stars, Sharon Horgan, and is based on a Flemish series called Clan. Amy MacKelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2023 Among the crew of kind creatures are Duke Ellington the cat, Indiana Jones the Golden Retriever, and even Alex the Flemish Giant rabbit. Carissa Quiambao, USA TODAY, 6 July 2023
At this year's Flemish Primitives, Bernard Lahousse, a food consultant with a bioengineering degree, used a high-pressure processing (HPP) machine to infuse oysters with tomato and other flavors without sacrificing freshness or textural integrity. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Mar. 2010 In Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style (2011), Katchadourian entered airplane bathrooms, adorned herself in tissue and toilet paper, and took pictures of herself in the style of Flemish self-portraits. Vulture, 26 May 2023 Born in Brussels around 1564, Bruegel was the eldest son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, one of the most prominent artists of the Flemish Renaissance in Flanders, a Dutch-speaking region of what is now Belgium. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2023 Our Kent degrees in Brussels are full English degrees and are accredited in Belgium, by the higher education accrediting body for the Flemish Community in Belgium (NVAO) and recognized by the Flemish Government. Foreign Affairs, 17 Oct. 2022 Canada, too, approved a new offshore project: more than sixty wells to be drilled in the Flemish Pass, off the Newfoundland coast. Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 20 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Flemish was in the 14th century

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“Flemish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Flemish. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the Germanic language of the Flemings
Flemish plural : flemings
Flemish adjective

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