[ sep-ten-tree-on, -uh n ]
/ sɛpˈtɛn triˌɒn, -ən /


Obsolete. the north.

Origin of septentrion

1350–1400; Middle English Septemtrio(u)n < Latin septemtriōnēs, septentriōnēs the seven stars of Ursa Major, the north, equivalent to septem seven + triōnēs (plural) plowing oxen

OTHER WORDS FROM septentrion

sep·ten·tri·o·nal [sep-ten-tree-uh-nl] /sɛpˈtɛn tri ə nl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for septentrion

/ (sɛpˈtɛntrɪˌɒn) /


archaic the northern regions or the north

Derived forms of septentrion

septentrional, adjective

Word Origin for septentrion

C14: from Latin septentriōnēs, literally: the seven ploughing oxen (the constellation of the Great Bear), from septem seven + triōnēs ploughing oxen
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