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Nor·​dic ˈnȯr-dik How to pronounce Nordic (audio)
: of or relating to the Germanic peoples of northern Europe and especially of Scandinavia
: of or relating to a group or physical type characterized by tall stature, long head, light skin and hair, and blue eyes
: of or relating to competitive ski events involving cross-country racing, ski jumping, or biathlon compare alpine
: of, relating to, or being cross-country skiing


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: a native of northern Europe
: a person of Nordic physical type
: a member of the peoples of Scandinavia

Examples of Nordic in a Sentence

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Women’s ski jumping makes its debut at this year’s Nordic world championships in the Czech Republic. Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 In addition to the previous sports offered, the 2025 event will include alpine skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, Nordic skiing, skeleton and wheelchair curling for the first time — and the Duke of Sussex even tried some for himself! Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 Minnesotans have begun partaking in a version of this ritual in droves as a tradition imported by the state’s Nordic settlers in the late 1800s has gone mainstream. Ernesto Londoño Jenn Ackerman, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 The resort also offers alpine skiing options, but its heart lies in the Nordic skiing tradition, with well-prepared tracks and stunning scenery. David Nikel, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 With four treatment rooms, plus a sauna, a hammam and Nordic baths, the space is serene and immaculate, offering up a subtle aromatic buoyancy that doesn’t overwhelm. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 The study, published in Nature, is part of a larger study examining the genomes and DNA of the prehistoric Nordic population. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 16 Feb. 2024 His sister, Sydney, won a Nordic state title two seasons ago as a freshman. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 15 Feb. 2024 South Korean investors timed a huge bet on offices badly, and higher interest rates have already caused German and Nordic landlords to sell off properties at large discounts. Neil Callanan, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024
The film is competing for the Dragon Award as part of the Nordic Documentary Competition. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 30 Jan. 2024 Take on the resort's Nordic Trail System. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing enthusiasts can take advantage of the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System, which stretches roughly 60 miles across Aspen, Snowmass, and Basalt mountains. Brandon Perlman, Travel + Leisure, 29 Jan. 2024 The Göteborg Film Festival’s industry showcase Nordic Film Market runs Jan.31-Feb.2. Annika Pham, Variety, 18 Jan. 2024 If riding Powder Mountain just isn’t enough, visit the neighboring Nordic Valley Ski Resort, which is small but mighty, with plentiful night skiing and lift tickets that start at just $19. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 16 Jan. 2024 During their search and rescue mission, the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue led a search on the west side of the mountain. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 And while there’s not a right and wrong way to learn how to ski or snowboard, David Handy, the director of the ski school at Nordic Valley ski resort in Utah, says there are certainly more efficient ways. Alisha McDarris, Popular Science, 27 Dec. 2023 Our top pick is the Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundt Pan. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 14 Dec. 2023 Williams oversaw the mad-scientist experiments in the restaurant’s Nordic Food Lab. Kate Krader, Fortune, 12 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History



French nordique, from nord north, from Old French north, from Old English

First Known Use


1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nordic was in 1824

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“Nordic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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