[ nawr-dik ]
/ ˈnɔr dɪk /


of, relating to, or characteristic of a Germanic people of northern European origin, exemplified by the Scandinavians.
having or suggesting the physical characteristics associated with these people, typically tall stature, blond hair, blue eyes, and elongated head.
(sometimes lowercase) of or relating to skiing events involving ski jumping and cross-country skiing.Compare alpine(def 5).


a member of the Nordic people, especially a Scandinavian.

Origin of Nordic

1895–1900; < French nordique, equivalent to nord north + -ique -ic

Related formsNor·dic·i·ty [nawr-dis-i-tee] /nɔrˈdɪs ɪ ti/, nounan·ti-Nor·dic, adjectivenon-Nor·dic, adjective, nounpro-Nor·dic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nordic


/ (ˈnɔːdɪk) /


skiing of or relating to competitions in cross-country racing and ski-jumpingCompare alpine (def. 4)
(of recreational walking) incorporating the use of poles that resemble ski poles to aid movement


/ (ˈnɔːdɪk) /


of, relating to, or belonging to a subdivision of the Caucasoid race typified by the tall blond blue-eyed long-headed inhabitants of N Britain, Scandinavia, N Germany, and the Netherlands

Word Origin for Nordic

C19: from French nordique, from nord north

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Word Origin and History for nordic



1898, from French nordique (in J. Deniker's system of race classifications), literally "of or pertaining to the north," from nord "north" (a loan-word from Old English; see north). Perhaps influenced by German Nordisch. As a noun, from 1901. Strictly, the blond peoples who inhabit Scandinavia and the north of Britain. As a type of skiing competition, it is attested from 1954.

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