[ nawr-thuhm-bree-uh n ]
/ nɔrˈθʌm bri ən /


of or relating to Northumbria, Northumberland, or the inhabitants or dialect of either.


a native or inhabitant of Northumbria or Northumberland.
the English dialect of Northumbria or Northumberland.

Origin of Northumbrian

First recorded in 1615–25; Northumbri(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for northumbrian

/ (nɔːˈθʌmbrɪən) /


of or relating to the English county of Northumberland, its inhabitants, or their dialect of English
of or relating to ancient Northumbria, its inhabitants, or their dialect


  1. the dialect of Old and Middle English spoken north of the River HumberSee also Anglian, Mercian
  2. the dialect of Modern English spoken in Northumberland
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