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[hahy-per-bawr-ee-uh n, -bohr-, -buh-ree-] /ˌhaɪ pərˈbɔr i ən, -ˈboʊr-, -bəˈri-/
Classical Mythology. one of a people supposed to live in a land of perpetual sunshine and abundance beyond the north wind.
an inhabitant of an extreme northern region.
of or relating to the Hyperboreans.
(lowercase) of, relating to, or living in a far northern region.
Origin of Hyperborean
< Latin hyperbore(us) < Greek hyperbóreos beyond the north wind, northern, polar (hyper- hyper- + boréas the north, the north wind) + -an; see Boreas Unabridged
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  • No; nor the Scythian neither, nor the Greek, nor the Hyperborean.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • It was enough for him that he had found a "Halcyonian" to contrast with Wagner, the "Hyperborean."

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • The people belonging to the Hyperborean branch are nomadic, and their only domestic animals are the dog and the reindeer.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • Hyperborean (an epithet of Ireland), its twofold meaning, 55.

  • His favorite place of abode was in the Hyperborean Mountains, from whence he sallied forth on wild raids.

    Myths of Greece and Rome H. A. Guerber
  • But this time it was in no Hyperborean tempest that we were called forth, but when the very sweetest airs of June were blowing.

  • "Away in the Hyperborean regions," answered the clergyman, smiling.

  • The other Hyperborean races do not widely differ in character and physical appearance from those already described.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • Here the stars poise and smoulder close to the earth, and the moon is brighter than the sun of Hyperborean England.

  • It is alternately invaded by the Hyperborean legions and by the wilting sirens of the tropics.

    How Spring Came in New England Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for Hyperborean


(Greek myth) one of a people believed to have lived beyond the North Wind in a sunny land
an inhabitant of the extreme north
(sometimes not capital) of or relating to the extreme north
of or relating to the Hyperboreans
Word Origin
C16: from Latin hyperboreus, from Greek huperboreos, from hyper- + Boreas the north wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Hyperborean



1590s, from Late Latin hyperboreanus, from Latin hyperboreus, from Greek hyperboreos "pertaining to the regions of the far north," from hyper (see hyper-) + Boreas (see Boreal). The Hyperboreans were an imagined Arctic people believed by the ancients to be distinguished by piety and happiness. Middle English had iperborie "the far north of the Earth" (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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