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

  • adj. Situated in, toward, or facing the north.
  • adj. Coming from the north: northern breezes.
  • adj. Native to or growing in the north.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of northern regions or the North.
  • adj. Being north of the equator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the north.
  • adj. Blowing from the north; northerly.
  • adj. Characteristic of the North of England (usually capitalised).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the north; being in the north, or nearer to that point than to the east or west.
  • adj. In a direction toward the north; ; coming from the north.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a region, place, or point which is nearer the north than some other region, place, or point mentioned or indicated: as, the northern States; the northern part of Michigan; northern people. Abbreviated N.
  • Directed or leading toward the north or a point near it: as, to steer a northern course.
  • Proceeding from the north.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of the north, of a northern country, or of the northern part of a country.

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

  • adj. situated in or coming from regions of the north
  • n. a dialect of Middle English that developed into Scottish Lallans
  • adj. situated in or oriented toward the north
  • adj. in or characteristic of a region of the United States north of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line
  • adj. coming from the north; used especially of wind


Middle English northerne, from Old English; see ner-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English northerne, from Old English norþ (cognate with Old High German nordrōni). (Wiktionary)


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