from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A native or inhabitant of the historical region of Flanders or of the region of Flanders in northern Belgium.
  • n. A Belgian who is a native speaker of Flemish.
  • Fleming, Sir Alexander 1881-1955. British bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928, for which he shared a Nobel Prize in 1945.
  • Fleming, Ian Lancaster 1908-1964. British writer noted for his spy novels featuring the secret agent James Bond.
  • Fleming, Peggy Gale Born 1948. American figure skater who won the women's title at the U.S. championship (1964-1968), the world championship (1966-1968), and the 1968 Olympics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Flanders in Belgium.
  • proper n. An English surname.
  • proper n. Ian Fleming, English writer.
  • proper n. Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Flanders.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native of Flanders, an ancient countship now divided between Belgium, France, and the Netherlands; specifically, a member of the Flemish race, nearly allied to the Dutch both in blood and in language.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin (1881-1955)
  • n. British writer famous for writing spy novels about secret agent James Bond (1908-1964)
  • n. a native of Flanders or a Flemish-speaking Belgian


Middle English, from Middle Dutch Vlāming.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English flameng, from late Old English Flæmingi, from Old Norse Flǽmingr, from Middle Dutch Vlaminc, Vleminc, from Old Frisian (unattested) (cf. West Frisian Flaming), from Proto-Germanic *flaumaz ‘flowing, current (water)’ and the patronymic suffix -ing ‘belonging to, descended from’. More at Flanders. (Wiktionary)



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