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

  • adj. Extremely cold; frigid. See Synonyms at cold.
  • n. A warm waterproof overshoe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being extremely cold, snowy, or having other properties of extreme winter associated with the Arctic.
  • n. A warm waterproof overshoe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or situated under, the northern constellation called the Bear; northern; frigid
  • n. The arctic circle.
  • n. A warm waterproof overshoe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or related to the northern constellations called the Great and Little Bears; hence, pertaining or relating to the north pole or the northern polar regions; northern: as, the arctic circle, region, or sea.
  • Cold; frigid.

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

  • adj. of or relating to the Arctic
  • n. a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow
  • adj. extremely cold
  • n. the regions to the north of the Arctic Circle centered on the North Pole


Alteration (influenced by Latin arcticus) of Middle English artic, northern, from Medieval Latin articus, from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos, from arktos, bear, the northern constellation Ursa Major.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French artique, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός (arktikos, "of the bear, northern"), a reference to the northerly constellation Ursa Major, from ἄρκτος (arktos, "bear"). (Wiktionary)



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  • I find it hard to believe in the Arctic Sea. Seems like the 'c' goes missing more often than not :-(

    October 6, 2008