See also: fries and fríes

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

The town was named after a prominent cotton-mill owner, Francis Henry Fries. The surname is converged from both Friesland and French friche (fallow land), found in Swiss French.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Fries

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

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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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.

NounEdit

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

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

In the Netherlands, Fries most often refers implicitly to the Frisians with whom Dutch people are most familiar, the West Frisians. Note that the general meaning of Dutch West-Fries refers to the region in North Holland.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Fries +‎ -s.

AdjectiveEdit

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)
InflectionEdit
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
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Proper nounEdit

Fries n

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

GermanEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French frise.

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NounEdit

Fries m (genitive Frieses, plural Friese)

  1. frieze (sculptured or richly ornamented band)

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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian Frīsa, Frēsa, probably ultimately from Proto-Germanic *frisaz (curly, frizzy), named for their curly hair.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Fries c (plural Friezen)

  1. Frisian person

Further readingEdit

  • Fries (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

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