- Obsolete. the north.
Origin of septentrion
Examples from the Web for septentrion
And therefore in the Septentrion, that is very north, is the land so cold, that no man may dwell there.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
- archaic the northern regions or the north
Word Origin and History for septentrion
"the Big Dipper;" Middle English septentrioun (1530s in reference to the star pattern; late 14c. as "the North," and septentrional "northern," in reference to the sky, is attested from late 14c.), from Latin septentriones, septemtriones (plural) "the Great Bear, the seven stars of the Big Dipper;" also figuratively "the northern regions, the North;" literally "seven plow oxen," from septem "seven" (see seven) + trio (genitive triones) "plow ox," from stem of terere (past participle tritus) "to rub" (see throw (v.)). Cf. also Charles's Wain.