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[hahy-per-bawr-ee-uh n, -bohr-, -buh-ree-]
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  1. Classical Mythology. one of a people supposed to live in a land of perpetual sunshine and abundance beyond the north wind.
  2. an inhabitant of an extreme northern region.
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  1. of or relating to the Hyperboreans.
  2. (lowercase) of, relating to, or living in a far northern region.
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Origin of Hyperborean

< Latin hyperbore(us) < Greek hyperbóreos beyond the north wind, northern, polar (hyper- hyper- + boréas the north, the north wind) + -an; see Boreas
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Related Words for hyperborean

wintry, crisp, snowy, frozen, brisk, raw, icy, frosty, cool, bitter, intense, bleak, frigid, chilled, northward, northerly, arctic, north, hyperborean, keen

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Historical Examples of hyperborean

  • "Away in the Hyperborean regions," answered the clergyman, smiling.

    At the Back of the North Wind

    George MacDonald

  • 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

    Arthur Johnstone

  • Hyperborean (an epithet of Ireland), its twofold meaning, 55.

  • That the Hyperborean nations are nations of a receding frontier.

British Dictionary definitions for hyperborean


  1. Greek myth one of a people believed to have lived beyond the North Wind in a sunny land
  2. an inhabitant of the extreme north
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  1. (sometimes not capital) of or relating to the extreme north
  2. of or relating to the Hyperboreans
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Word Origin for Hyperborean

C16: from Latin hyperboreus, from Greek huperboreos, from hyper- + Boreas the north wind
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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.).

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