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See also: fries and fríes


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname​.
  2. A town in Virginia.




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.

Derived terms[edit]

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)
Inflection of Fries
uninflected Fries
inflected Friese
comparative Frieser
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial Fries Frieser het Friest
het Frieste
indefinite m./f. sing. Friese Friesere Frieste
n. sing. Fries Frieser Frieste
plural Friese Friesere Frieste
definite Friese Friesere Frieste
partitive Fries Friesers
Derived terms[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Fries n

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


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Borrowing from French frise.



Fries m (genitive Frieses, plural Friese)

  1. frieze (sculptured or richly ornamented band)

Further reading[edit]

West Frisian[edit]


Proper noun[edit]

Fries c (pl Friezen)

  1. Frisian (person)