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Ice·​lan·​dic īs-ˈlan-dik How to pronounce Icelandic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Iceland, the Icelanders, or Icelandic


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: the North Germanic language of Iceland

Examples of Icelandic in a Sentence

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Gulla Jónsdóttir is an Icelandic architect known for her dynamic forms that have found their way into award-winning projects in the West like the La Peer Hotel, Palmilla in Newport Beach, and Sandbourne Santa Monica, the latter of which just opened. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 4 June 2024 The Icelandic company harvests salt from the Westfjords using a sustainable geothermal process, and the substantial, crystalline pyramids carry heft and flavor. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2024 Book now at Frontier Airlines Icelandic airline Play taking flight PLAY Airlines Get fares as low as $99 during PLAY's flash sale Icelandic airline Play serves up regular specials to entice Americans to explore the other side of the Atlantic. Kyler Alvord, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 May 2024 The vibe in the lounge takes on Icelandic culture of the North, and that philosophy extends onto the patio. Jared Kaufman, Twin Cities, 23 May 2024 In the fall of 1385, according to a 17th-century Icelandic text, a man named Ólafur went fishing off the northwestern coast of Iceland. Andrew Chapman, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2024 The menu changes seasonally, said Þórarinn Friðriksson, and in the winter months, guests are greeted with Icelandic hot chocolate with licorice and jökla, an Icelandic cream liqueur. Susmita Baral, Travel + Leisure, 20 May 2024 The film, which opened Un Certain Regard at Cannes, marks the Icelandic director’s second time on the Croisette. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2024 One, for example, is Icelandic Nordic Noir author Ragnar Jónasson. Kristina Lindborg, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1674, in the meaning defined above


1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Icelandic was in 1674

Dictionary Entries Near Icelandic

Cite this Entry

“Icelandic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
Ice·​lan·​dic ī-ˈslan-dik How to pronounce Icelandic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Iceland, the Icelanders, or Icelandic


2 of 2 noun
: the Germanic language of the Icelandic people
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