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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch Friese, but also Vriese, Vrese, from Old Dutch *Frieso, probably via Old Saxon *Frēso. Borrowed and re-borrowed, at varying times in history, from Old Frisian Frēsa, Frīsa (modern West Frisian Fries).

Initial v- is expected from natural development from Old Dutch, in which voicing of initial f- to v- occurs naturally. The modern form with f- is probably influenced by the Frisian endonym. However, the original voiced consonant is retained in the common surname de Vries.


Fries m (plural Friezen, diminutive Friesje n, feminine Friese)

  1. a Frisian, member of a Germanic people; speaker of their language
  2. a West Frisian specifically
  3. Short form for various names relating to Friesland or Frisians, such as the bovine race.
Usage notes[edit]

In the Netherlands, Fries most often refers implicitly to the Frisians that Dutch people are most familiar with, the West Frisians.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Fries +‎ -s.


Fries (comparative Frieser, superlative meest Fries or Friest)

  1. Frisian (any member of the Frisian people)
  2. West Frisian specifically (of the Frisian part of the Netherlands)
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Proper noun[edit]

Fries n

  1. Frisian (any of the Frisian languages)
  2. specifically, West Frisian


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Fries n

  1. frieze (sculptured or richly ornamented band)

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West Frisian[edit]


Proper noun[edit]

Fries c (pl Friezen)

  1. Frisian (person)