arc·​tic | \ ˈärk-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) , ˈär-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) \

Definition of arctic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or suitable for use at the north pole or the region near it arctic waters arctic animals arctic clothing
2a : bitter cold : frigid arctic air
b : cold in temper or mood an arctic smile


arc·​tic | \ ˈär-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) , ˈärk-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) \

Definition of arctic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rubber overshoe reaching to the ankle or above

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arctically \ ˈärk-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē , ˈär-​ti-​ How to pronounce arctic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of arctic in a Sentence

Adjective The group is involved in Arctic exploration. the arctic air of deep winter
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective However, the arctic temperatures won't be around too long. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2022 Researchers came to their conclusion by analyzing prehistoric seashells and penguin bones on arctic beaches through radiocarbon dating. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 Typically unarmed, arctic vehicles prioritize range and cargo capacity over firepower and protection. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 June 2022 An arctic Norway trip is designed around wildlife, including polar bears, as well as giant glaciers and ice floes. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 4 June 2022 The arctic changes could also be connected to extreme cold weather. Emily Schwing, Scientific American, 19 May 2022 To help balance scalp oil and hydration while encouraging hair growth, the brand's Scalp Serum uses a blend of ingredients like hyaluronic acid plus adaptogens like arctic root, Siberian ginseng, and chaga mushroom. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Apr. 2022 First, the arctic storm of February 2021 destroyed the crop that was just beginning to set. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Apr. 2022 As the arctic front blasts through the region mid-day Saturday, temperatures could crash more than 10 degrees in 3 hours, eventually dropping below freezing . NBC News, 11 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As climate change brings us closer to an ice-free arctic, this group of polar bears may help scientists understand how the species may persist. Tulika Bose, Scientific American, 22 July 2022 This remote part of the Russian arctic used to be home to a meteorological station, but humans have long since abandoned it. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 19 Jan. 2022 The brutal arctic outburst that caused Texas’ power grid to fail and the heat wave in the Pacific Northwest last June account for many of the new records. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 During a warm period from about 55 million to 14 million years ago, Metasequoia — dawn redwood — trees grew in Canada’s high arctic. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 Winters in the White Mountains often see winds of well over 100 miles an hour and arctic-like temperatures that are well below zero. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021 The latter are snow geese mostly, but also many of the hawks and other raptors that stop en route north to the Canadian arctic. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Nearly pushed to extinction and now holding on in only remote parts of the Rocky Mountains and the arctic, a pair of wolverines gave birth in Minnesota for the first time in decades. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 In New Zealand, orcas eat stingrays; in the Norwegian arctic, orcas prefer herring; and in Patagonia, orcas favor sea lion pups. Emilie Richardson, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of arctic


circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arctic


Middle English artik, from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos, from arktos bear, Ursa Major, north; akin to Latin ursus bear, Sanskrit ṛkṣa

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“Arctic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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arc·​tic | \ ˈärk-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) , ˈär-tik \

Kids Definition of arctic

1 often capitalized : of or relating to the north pole or to the region around it arctic explorers
2 : very cold arctic temperatures

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