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[fyeld; Norwegian fyel] /fyɛld; Norwegian fyɛl/
a rocky, barren plateau of the Scandinavian peninsula.
Origin of fjeld
From Norwegian, dating back to 1855-60; See origin at fell5 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They did not care for walks up the fjeld, but preferred to go to the woods together, where they talked for hours.

  • We were going to seek the nomad herders in the deeper recesses of the fjeld.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • One day the postman who crosses the fjeld once a month came on me just as I had shouted.

  • This morning we crossed the fjeld to Rus Vand in a gale of wind.

    Three in Norway James Arthur Lees
  • There was nothing but the aching emptiness of the fjeld, and the dogs bark was not repeated.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • The Lapps, as usual took themselves off to the fjeld to testify their joy.

    Fridtjof Nansen Jacob B. Bull
  • You must often hear and see strange things in the woods, and on the fjeld, Peter!

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • It is twenty-four miles from the village and eighteen across the fjeld.

  • The great majority were still free wanderers on the fjeld and the tundras.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • When we reached the top of the fjeld, Josephine wanted to turn back.

British Dictionary definitions for fjeld


a high rocky plateau with little vegetation in Scandinavian countries
Word Origin
C19: Norwegian; related to Old Norse fjall mountain; see fell5
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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fjeld in Science
A high, barren plateau. The most well-known fjeld is on the Scandinavian Peninsula.
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