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[nawr-thuhm-bree-uh n] /nɔrˈθʌm bri ən/
of or relating to Northumbria, Northumberland, or the inhabitants or dialect of either.
a native or inhabitant of Northumbria or Northumberland.
the English dialect of Northumbria or Northumberland.
Origin of Northumbrian
First recorded in 1615-25; Northumbri(a) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The other 'inside' was the widow of a former curate of a Northumbrian village.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Cross, a great brawny Northumbrian, was playing a game of chess with Furley.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "And never you mind about the 'Mr.', sir," the Northumbrian begged.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Coldingham, in his time, belonged to the Northumbrian kingdom.

  • Was not our city named after this Northumbrian Bretwalda, "Edwin's-burgh?"

  • He spoke in a broad Northumbrian accent, and in a harsh guttural tone.

    Tales of the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • But Tostig was in front, with his own Northumbrian lion banner, and his chosen men.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • For aught he knew, the young Northumbrian might have been as sensible a man as himself.

  • The offending Northumbrian now felt the wrath of the sons of Lodbrog.

  • Those were stirring days in the old Northumbrian city by the sea.

    The Quest for a Lost Race Thomas E. Pickett
British Dictionary definitions for Northumbrian


of or relating to the English county of Northumberland, its inhabitants, or their dialect of English
of or relating to ancient Northumbria, its inhabitants, or their dialect
  1. the dialect of Old and Middle English spoken north of the River Humber See also Anglian, Mercian
  2. the dialect of Modern English spoken in Northumberland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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