[nawr-fuh k; for 2, 3 also nawr-fawk]


a county in E England. 2068 sq. mi. (5355 sq. km).
a seaport in SE Virginia: naval base.
a city in NE Nebraska. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • For very fear of himself, he thrust his hands in the pockets of his Norfolk coat.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The weather was warm, and he carried his Norfolk coat over his arm.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Kent are the most rich in this respect.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • "Jock of Norfolk" is represented by a descendant of noble impulses.

  • Serve with carrots and turnips, and yeast, Norfolk, or suet dumplings.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for norfolk



a county of E England, on the North Sea and the Wash: low-lying, with large areas of fens in the west and the Broads in the east; rich agriculturally. Administrative centre: Norwich. Pop: 810 700 (2003 est). Area: 5368 sq km (2072 sq miles)
a port in SE Virginia, on the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads: headquarters of the US Atlantic fleet; shipbuilding. Pop: 241 727 (2003 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for norfolk


Nordfolc (1066) "(Territory of the) Northern People (of the East Angles)." The Norfolk pine (1778), used as an ornamental tree, is from Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, northwest of New Zealand.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for norfolk


[(nawr-fuhk, nawr-fawk)]

City in southeastern Virginia.


Known for its harbor and naval base; shipbuilding center.
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