or fiord

[ fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoor ]
/ fyɔrd, fyoʊrd; Norwegian fyoʊr, fyʊər /


a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
(in Scandinavia) a bay.

Nearby words

  1. fizzwater,
  2. fizzy,
  3. fj,
  4. fjeld,
  5. fji,
  6. fk,
  7. fl,
  8. fl oz,
  9. fl.,
  10. fl. dr.

Origin of fjord

From Norwegian; see origin at firth

Related formsfjord·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fjord



/ (fjɔːd) /


(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

C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford

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Word Origin and History for fjord



1670s, from Norwegian fiord, from Old Norse fjörðr, from North Germanic *ferthuz, from PIE *prtus, from *per- "going, passage" (see port (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for fjord


[ fyôrd ]

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.
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