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or fiord

[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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  • There was a band of music on the pier, the fjord teemed with boats, flags waved on every hand, and salutes were fired.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Between the trees are seen the fjord, high mountain ranges and peaks.

    The Lady From The Sea Henrik Ibsen
  • They were very fond of going out reindeer hunting to the eastward of their own place, in a fjord.

  • 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 last a light appeared on the fjord, then another, then many lights.

  • When the sun went down that evening the party were far down the fjord.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • There they had themselves ferried across the fjord, and proceeded onwards as fast as they could.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • This fjord has its outlet in Barkley Sound on the west side of the island.

  • Hobro, situated on a fjord, wears an air of seclusion, lying as it does far away from the railway-station.

    Denmark M. Pearson Thomson
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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