[ nawr-dik ]

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a Germanic people of northern European origin, exemplified by the Scandinavians.

  2. having or suggesting the physical characteristics associated with these people, typically tall stature, blond hair, blue eyes, and elongated head.

  1. (sometimes lowercase) of or relating to skiing events involving ski jumping and cross-country skiing.: Compare alpine (def. 5).

  1. a member of the Nordic people, especially a Scandinavian.

Origin of Nordic

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

Other words from Nordic

  • Nor·dic·i·ty [nawr-dis-i-tee], /nɔrˈdɪs ɪ ti/, noun
  • anti-Nordic, adjective
  • non-Nordic, adjective, noun
  • pro-Nordic, adjective

Words Nearby Nordic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Nordic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nordic (1 of 2)


/ (ˈnɔːdɪk) /

  1. skiing of or relating to competitions in cross-country racing and ski-jumping: Compare alpine (def. 4)

  2. (of recreational walking) incorporating the use of poles that resemble ski poles to aid movement

British Dictionary definitions for Nordic (2 of 2)


/ (ˈnɔːdɪk) /

  1. 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

Origin of Nordic

C19: from French nordique, from nord north

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