[ hahy-per-bawr-ee-uhn, -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.

  1. of or relating to the Hyperboreans.

  2. (lowercase) of, relating to, or living in a far northern region.

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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How to use Hyperborean in a sentence

  • The other Hyperborean races do not widely differ in character and physical appearance from those already described.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • Like many nations of the Hyperborean group, the Chorotegans of Nicoya pierced the lower lip and inserted a round piece of bone.

  • His favorite place of abode was in the Hyperborean Mountains, from whence he sallied forth on wild raids.

    Myths of Greece and Rome | H. A. Guerber
  • This last some represent as a Lycian, others as an Hyperborean: and by many he was esteemed an Egyptian.

  • It was like some Hyperborean hell, and we the doomed wretches sentenced to our eternity of toil.

    John Splendid | Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for Hyperborean


/ (ˌhaɪpəˈbɔːrɪən) /

  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

  1. (sometimes not capital) of or relating to the extreme north

  2. of or relating to the Hyperboreans

Origin of Hyperborean

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

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