English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ˈfɹɪʒən/, /ˈfɹɪziən/
English - Proper Noun
A Germanic language group or language (see Usage notes), or a lect thereof, which descended from Old Frisian, with speakers in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.
(specifically) The West Frisian lect, spoken in the northern Netherlands.
- 1998, Colin Baker, Sylvia Prys Jones, Encyclopedia of bilingualism and bilingual education, page 405:
- 2000, Jasone Cenoz, Ulrike Jessner, English in Europe: the acquisition of a third language, page 223:
- 2005, Pat Seward, Sunandini Arora Lal, Netherlands, page 89:
- (specifically) Saterland Frisian, the last surviving dialect of the East Frisian lect, spoken in Northern Germany close to the Dutch border.
- (specifically) The North Frisian lect, spoken in Germany and Denmark at the mutual border in Schleswig and Holstein.
- (specifically) The West Frisian lect, spoken in the northern Netherlands.
Some linguists consider West Frisian, Saterland Frisian, and North Frisian to be varieties of a single language called “Frisian”. As they are not mutually intelligible, other linguists and the speakers consider them to be separate languages in a language group called “Frisian”. Saterland Frisian is also known as “East Frisian”, but this term more often refers to a Low German dialect, because the Low German dialect has a far greater number of speakers than the Frisian lect.
English - Noun
- A member of the Germanic ethnic group which is native to the region of Frisia (which is in the Netherlands, northern Germany, and southern Denmark).
- A person who is from or who has long resided in the Dutch province of Friesland.
English - Adjective
- Of, in or relating to the Frisian language or a Frisian language.
- Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Frisia; to people of Frisian descent.
- Of or relating to the region of Frisia.
- Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of the Dutch province of Friesland.
- Of or relating to the Dutch province of Friesland.