from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A native or an inhabitant of the north, of a northern country, or of the northern part of a country.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the north; being in the north, or nearer to that point than to the east or west.
  • adjective In a direction toward the north; ; coming from the north.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) See Loon.
  • adjective See Aurora borealis, under Aurora.
  • adjective (Bot.) an excellent American apple, of a yellowish color, marked with red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English northerne, from Old English; see ner- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English northerne, from Old English norþ (cognate with Old High German nordrōni).


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