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[fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoo r] /fyɔrd, fyoʊrd; Norwegian fyoʊr, fyʊər/
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
Related forms
fjordic, adjective Unabridged
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  • This fjord has its outlet in Barkley Sound on the west side of the island.

  • But on a calm spring day, the fjord just steals in smooth and shining by ness and bay.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • A sail on this fjord will bring us to Mariager, the smallest town in Denmark.


    M. Pearson Thomson
  • Between the trees are seen the fjord, high mountain ranges and peaks.

    The Lady From The Sea Henrik Ibsen
  • They have the fjord so near them, where the shoals of wild fishes pass in and out.

    The Lady From The Sea Henrik Ibsen
  • At that instant the big boatswain dropped into the deep waters of the fjord.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • When the sun went down that evening the party were far down the fjord.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • And when they came in near to the base of the fjord, he thought of his son, and began to weep.

  • Here the fjord is narrow, presenting something the appearance of a river.

    The Land of Thor J. Ross Browne
British Dictionary definitions for fjord


(esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action
Word Origin
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)).

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fjord in Science
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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