- Classical Mythology. one of a people supposed to live in a land of perpetual sunshine and abundance beyond the north wind.
- an inhabitant of an extreme northern region.
- of or relating to the Hyperboreans.
- (lowercase) of, relating to, or living in a far northern region.
Origin of Hyperborean
Examples from the Web for hyperborean
"Away in the Hyperborean regions," answered the clergyman, smiling.At the Back of the North Wind
No; nor the Scythian neither, nor the Greek, nor the hyperborean.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
It was enough for him that he had found a "Halcyonian" to contrast with Wagner, the "Hyperborean."Musical Criticisms
Hyperborean (an epithet of Ireland), its twofold meaning, 55.The Round Towers of Ireland
That the Hyperborean nations are nations of a receding frontier.The Natural History of the Varieties of Man
Robert Gordon Latham
- Greek myth one of a people believed to have lived beyond the North Wind in a sunny land
- an inhabitant of the extreme north
- (sometimes not capital) of or relating to the extreme north
- of or relating to the Hyperboreans
Word Origin and History for hyperborean
1590s, from Late Latin hyperboreanus, from Latin hyperboreus, from Greek hyperboreos "pertaining to the regions of the far north," from hyper (see hyper-) + Boreas (see Boreal). The Hyperboreans were an imagined Arctic people believed by the ancients to be distinguished by piety and happiness. Middle English had iperborie "the far north of the Earth" (mid-15c.).