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

  • adj. Of or relating to Northumbria or its Old English dialect.
  • adj. Of or relating to the former or present-day county of Northumberland in northeast England.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Northumbria.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Northumberland.
  • n. The Old English dialect of Northumbria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The dialect spoken by Northumbrians.
  • n. An inhabitant of the county of Northumberland in the Northeast of England.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Northumberland in England.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Northumbria or Northumberland, an old English kingdom which at its maximum power and extent reached from the river Humber northward to the Firth of Forth. It was the leading power in Great Britain during part of the seventh and eighth centuries.
  • Of or pertaining to the modern county of Northumberland, occupying part of the old Northumbria.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Northumberland.
  • n. The form of the Anglo-Saxon or English language spoken in Northumbria between the invasion of Britain in the fifth century and the Conquest.


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