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north

[ nawrth ]
/ nɔrθ /
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noun
adjective
adverb
to, toward, or in the north: sailing north.
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Origin of north

before 900; Middle English, Old English, cognate with Dutch noord,German Nord,Old Norse northr

Other definitions for north (2 of 2)

North
[ nawrth ]
/ nɔrθ /

noun
Christopher, pen name of John Wilson.
Frederick, 2nd Earl of Guil·ford [gil-ferd] /ˈgɪl fərd/ "Lord North", 1732–92, British statesman: prime minister 1770–82.
Sir Thomas, 1535?–1601?, English translator.
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British Dictionary definitions for north (1 of 3)

north
/ (nɔːθ) /

noun
adjective
situated in, moving towards, or facing the north
(esp of the wind) from the north
adverb
in, to, or towards the north
archaic (of the wind) from the north
Symbol: N

Word Origin for north

Old English; related to Old Norse northr, Dutch noord, Old High German nord

British Dictionary definitions for north (2 of 3)

North1
/ (nɔːθ) /

noun the North
the northern area of England, generally regarded as reaching approximately the southern boundaries of Yorkshire and Lancashire
(in the US) the area approximately north of Maryland and the Ohio River, esp those states north of the Mason-Dixon Line that were known as the Free States during the Civil War
the northern part of North America, esp the area consisting of Alaska, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut; the North Country
the countries of the world that are economically and technically advanced
poetic the north wind
adjective
  1. of or denoting the northern part of a specified country, area, etc
  2. (as part of a name)North Africa

British Dictionary definitions for north (3 of 3)

North2
/ (nɔːθ) /

noun
Frederick, 2nd Earl of Guildford, called Lord North. 1732–92, British statesman; prime minister (1770–82), dominated by George III. He was held responsible for the loss of the American colonies
Sir Thomas. ?1535–?1601, English translator of Plutarch's Lives (1579), which was the chief source of Shakespeare's Roman plays
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