Definitions

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

  • noun Northern regions; the north.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [capitalized] Same as Septentrio.
  • noun The north.
  • Northern; septentrional.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the north; northern.
  • noun The north or northern regions.

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

  • noun obsolete The north or northern regions.
  • adjective obsolete Of or relating to the north; northern.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin septentriōnēs, seven plow oxen, the seven principal stars of Ursa Major or Ursa Minor : septem, seven; see septm̥ in Indo-European roots + triōnēs (pl. of triō, triōn-, plow ox; see terə- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin septentrio the northern regions, the north, from septentriones the seven stars near the north pole, called Charles's Wain, or the Great Bear, also those called the Little Bear; properly, the seven plow oxen; septem seven + trio, originally a plow ox: compare French septentrion.

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