- of, relating to, or characteristic of a Germanic people of northern European origin, exemplified by the Scandinavians.
- having or suggesting the physical characteristics associated with these people, typically tall stature, blond hair, blue eyes, and elongated head.
- (sometimes lowercase) of or relating to skiing events involving ski jumping and cross-country skiing.Compare alpine(def 5).
- a member of the Nordic people, especially a Scandinavian.
Origin of Nordic
Examples from the Web for nordic
The same picture emerges from middle class men in the U.S., Canada, and the Nordic countries.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Nowadays Iceland and its Nordic neighbours are more trendy than ever.Want to Write a Book? Go to Iceland
May 26, 2014
Sustainable Cards uses a Nordic birch veneer, and then layers on a cellulosic paper structure.Wood Cards Are a Green Alternative to the Classic Plastic Gift Card
November 29, 2013
In 2013, The Economist declared the Nordic countries the best governed in the world, and put Sweden in the first place.The Ugly Side of Sweden
Janine di Giovanni
July 17, 2013
There is an inherent darkness to the Nordic Noir shows, and a sense that the scales are never balanced or endings neatly tied up.‘Forbrydelsen,’ ‘Borgen,’ ‘The Bridge’: The Rise of Nordic Noir TV
June 20, 2012
There was no such thing, at that time, as a consolidated Nordic empire.The Hyborian Age
Robert E. Howard
The Nordic also has a natural instinct for governing and administration.The Bronze Age and the Celtic World
Again, the Germans are not descended from a pure Nordic stock.Outspoken Essays
William Ralph Inge
On these four separate occasions the Nordic race and it alone saved modern civilization.
Attila and his Huns were the first to break through into Nordic lands as far as the plains of northern France.
- skiing of or relating to competitions in cross-country racing and ski-jumpingCompare alpine (def. 4)
- (of recreational walking) incorporating the use of poles that resemble ski poles to aid movement
- of, relating to, or belonging to a subdivision of the Caucasoid race typified by the tall blond blue-eyed long-headed inhabitants of N Britain, Scandinavia, N Germany, and the Netherlands
Word Origin and History for nordic
1898, from French nordique (in J. Deniker's system of race classifications), literally "of or pertaining to the north," from nord "north" (a loan-word from Old English; see north). Perhaps influenced by German Nordisch. As a noun, from 1901. Strictly, the blond peoples who inhabit Scandinavia and the north of Britain. As a type of skiing competition, it is attested from 1954.