north

[ nawrth ]
/ nɔrθ /

noun

adjective

adverb

to, toward, or in the north: sailing north.

Origin of north

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

Definition 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)

North

1
/ (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)

North

2
/ (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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Word Origin and History for north

north


Old English norð "northern" (adj.), "northwards" (adv.), from Proto-Germanic *nurtha- (cf. Old Norse norðr, Old Saxon north, Old Frisian north, Middle Dutch nort, Dutch noord, German nord), possibly ultimately from PIE *ner- "left," also "below," as north is to the left when one faces the rising sun (cf. Sanskrit narakah "hell," Greek enerthen "from beneath," Oscan-Umbrian nertrak "left"). The same notion underlies Old Irish tuath "left; northern;" Arabic shamal "left hand; north." The usual word for "north" in the Romance languages ultimately is from English, cf. Old French north (Modern French nord), borrowed from Old English norð; Italian, Spanish norte are borrowed from French.

As a noun, c.1200, from the adverb. North Pole attested from mid-15c. (earlier the Arctic pole, late 14c.). North American (n.) first used 1766, by Franklin; as an adjective, from 1770.

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