[fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoo r]
- a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
- (in Scandinavia) a bay.
Origin of fjord
From Norwegian; see origin at firth
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The tour then goes to Norway for dives of a fjord, followed by stops in Portugal, Ukraine, Spain, and a season finale in Brazil.The World Series of Cliff Diving Takes Itself Very Seriously
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This fjord has its outlet in Barkley Sound on the west side of the island.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
But on a calm spring day, the fjord just steals in smooth and shining by ness and bay.The Great Hunger
A sail on this fjord will bring us to Mariager, the smallest town in Denmark.Denmark
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Between the trees are seen the fjord, high mountain ranges and peaks.
They have the fjord so near them, where the shoals of wild fishes pass in and out.
- (esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action
C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford
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Word Origin and History for fjord
1670s, from Norwegian fiord, from Old Norse fjörðr, from North Germanic *ferthuz, from PIE *prtus, from *per- "going, passage" (see port (n.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A long, narrow, deep inlet from the sea between steep slopes of a mountainous coast. Fjords usually occur where ocean water flows into valleys formed near the coast by glaciers.
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