[fyeld; Norwegian fyel]


a rocky, barren plateau of the Scandinavian peninsula.

Origin of fjeld

From Norwegian, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at fell5 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fjeld

Historical Examples of fjeld

  • That, of course, was absurd for a man who knew every tree and every rock on the fjeld.

  • The great majority were still free wanderers on the fjeld and the tundras.

  • We were going to seek the nomad herders in the deeper recesses of the fjeld.

  • The pale sulphur tint was everywhere, but still the fjeld was deserted.

  • You must often hear and see strange things in the woods, and on the Fjeld, Peter!

    Tales from the Fjeld

    P. Chr. Asbjrnsen

British Dictionary definitions for fjeld




a high rocky plateau with little vegetation in Scandinavian countries

Word Origin for fjeld

C19: Norwegian; related to Old Norse fjall mountain; see fell 5
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fjeld in Science



A high, barren plateau. The most well-known fjeld is on the Scandinavian Peninsula.
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