/frizh"euhn, free"zheuhn/, adj.
1. of or pertaining to Friesland, its inhabitants, or their language.
2. a native or inhabitant of Friesland or the Frisian Islands.
3. the Germanic language most closely related to English, spoken in Friesland and nearby islands. Abbr.: Fris., Fris
4. Chiefly Brit.
a. Friesland.
b. Holstein (def. 1).
Also, Friesian.
[1590-1600; < L Frisi(i) the people of a Germanic tribe + -AN]

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