[ nawr-thern ]
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  1. lying toward or situated in the north.

  2. directed or proceeding northward.

  1. coming from the north, as a wind.

  2. Often Northern . of or relating to the North, especially the northern United States.

  3. Astronomy. north of the celestial equator or of the zodiac: a northern constellation.

  1. a person living in a northern region or country.

  2. Northern, a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a four-wheeled rear truck.

Origin of northern

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; see north, -ern

Other words from northern

  • north·ern·ness, noun
  • pro-Northern, adjective
  • un·north·ern, adjective

Words Nearby northern Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use northern in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for northern


/ (ˈnɔːðən) /

  1. situated in or towards the north: northern towns

  2. directed or proceeding towards the north: a northern flow of traffic

  1. (esp of winds) proceeding from the north

  2. (sometimes capital) of, relating to, or characteristic of the north or North

  3. (sometimes capital) astronomy north of the celestial equator

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