- a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
- (in Scandinavia) a bay.
Origin of fjord
Related Words for fiordsound, inlet, gulf, harbor, anchorage, estuary, strait, cove, bayou, bight, mouth, lagoon, basin, arm, narrows, fiord, firth, loch
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Historical Examples of fiord
The boys were to cross the fiord with them and return in the boat.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Those heights had as many hiding places as the fiord country.
They must locate some break nearer than the fiord, down which they had come.
In front of it the sea came up into the land and made a fiord.
Thorstein taught him to swim in the rough waters of the fiord.
- a variant spelling of fjord
- (esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action
Word Origin for fjord
Word Origin and History for fiord
alternative form of fjord (q.v.).
1670s, from Norwegian fiord, from Old Norse fjörðr, from North Germanic *ferthuz, from PIE *prtus, from *per- "going, passage" (see port (n.1)).
- 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.