Frisian

adjective
Fri·​sian | \ ˈfri-zhən How to pronounce Frisian (audio) , ˈfrē- How to pronounce Frisian (audio) \

Definition of Frisian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of Friesland, the Frisians, or Frisian

Frisian

noun

Definition of Frisian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of a people that inhabit principally the Netherlands province of Friesland and the Frisian islands in the North Sea
2 : the Germanic language of the Frisian people

First Known Use of Frisian

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Frisian

Adjective

Latin Frisius Frisian; akin to Old English Frīsa, Frēsa a Frisian

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The first known use of Frisian was in 1598

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“Frisian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Frisian. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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