AskDefine | Define Dutch

Dictionary Definition

Dutch adj : of or relating to the Netherlands or its people or culture; "Dutch painting"; "Dutch painters"


1 the people of the Netherlands; "the Dutch are famous for their tulips" [syn: Dutch people]
2 the West Germanic language of the Netherlands

User Contributed Dictionary

see dutch



From etyl dum dutsch, duutsc (modern Dutch duitsch), ultimately from (compare Old English þeodisc). Cognate with German deutsch. See also Derrick, Teuton, Teutonic.


  • , /dʌtʃ/, /dVtS/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌtʃ


  1. German.
  2. Pertaining to the Dutch, the Germans, and the Goths; Germanic, Teutonic.
  3. Of or pertaining to the Netherlands, the Dutch people or the Dutch language.
  4. In a shared manner; of a shared expense.
of the Netherlands, people, or language

Proper noun

  1. The main language of the Netherlands and Flanders (i.e., the northern half of Belgium).
  2. The people from the Netherlands.
  3. The main language of the Holy Roman Empire (Germany, Austria, Alsace, Luxembourg)
  4. A German.


the Dutch language
  • Afrikaans: Nederlands
  • Arabic: هولندي
  • Aragonese: olandés
  • Basque: Neerlandera
  • Bosnian: holandski, nizozemski
  • Bulgarian: холандски
  • Catalan: holandès, neerlandès
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: 荷兰语
    Min Nan: 低地語
  • Cornish: iseldiryek
  • Croatian: nizozemski
  • Czech: holandština, nizozemština
  • Danish: hollandsk, nederlandsk
  • Dutch: Nederlands
  • Esperanto: nederlanda
  • Estonian: hollandikeel
  • Faroese: hálendskt
  • Finnish: hollanti
  • French: néerlandais, hollandais
  • German: Niederländisch, Holländisch
  • Greek: ολλανδικά
  • Gujarati: ડચ (d.ać)
  • Hebrew: הולנדית
  • Hindi: डच
  • Hungarian: holland
  • Icelandic: hollenska
  • Indonesian: bahasa Belanda
  • Interlingua: hollandese, nederlandese
  • Irish: ísiltíris, ollainnis
  • Italian: nederlandese, olandese
  • Japanese: オランダ語
  • Korean: 네덜란드어
  • Kurdish: holendî
  • Latin: nederlandiensis
  • Low Saxon: nederlannsch
  • Malay: bahasa Belanda
  • Nepali: डच (d.ać)
  • Norwegian: nederlandsk
  • Old English: Niðerlandisc
  • Persian: (holandi)
  • Polish: język niderlandzki
  • Portuguese: holandês, neerlandês
  • Romanian: neerlandeză, olandeză
  • Russian: голландский, нидерландский
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: холандски , низоземски
    Roman: holandski , nizozemski
  • Slovak: holandčina
  • Slovene: nizozemščina
  • Spanish: neerlandés, holandés
  • Swedish: nederländska, holländska
  • Turkish: Hollandaca
  • Urdu: ڈچ
  • Welsh: iseldireg
  • West Frisian: Nederlânsk, Hollânsk
people from the Netherlands

Extensive Definition

Dutch most commonly refers to:
Due to the etymological equivalence between the English word "Dutch" and the German word Deutsch ("German"), "Dutch" has been used historically in the English-speaking world to refer to some things that are not Dutch but German.
Dutch may also refer to:




Objects and products





Colloquial usage

Many colloquial terms use the word Dutch. A rare few describe actual Dutch customs. Some negative ones originate from prejudice caused by the Anglo-Dutch Wars, some are based on other stereotypes, and some have nothing to do with the Netherlands. These terms include:
  • Going Dutch, to split the cost of a purchase, usually a meal, evenly between several parties
  • Dutch courage, courage from intoxication
  • Dutch Defence, a chess opening
  • Dutch auction, an auction in which prices fall as sale progresses.
  • Dutch angle, in film, a severely tilted camera angle
  • Dutch book, a method of guaranteeing a profit in gambling
  • Dutching, a method of sharing the risk of losing in gambling
  • Double Dutch, which has a few different meanings
  • Dutch wife, a body length pillow
  • Dutch hoe, a hoe design that is pushed or pulled through the soil to cut weeds just under the surface.
  • Dutch, a slang term for marijuana
Dutch in French: Dutch
Dutch in Dutch: Dutch
Dutch in Slovak: Holandský
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