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arctic

adjective arc·tic \ ˈärk-tik , ˈär-tik \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of arctic

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
2 a : bitter cold : frigid
  • arctic air
b : cold in temper or mood
  • an arctic smile

arctically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of arctic in a Sentence

  1. The group is involved in Arctic exploration.

  2. the arctic air of deep winter

Recent Examples of arctic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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

noun arc·tic \ ˈär-tik , ˈärk-tik \

Definition of arctic

: a rubber overshoe reaching to the ankle or above

First Known Use of arctic

1868



ARCTIC Defined for English Language Learners

arctic

adjective

Definition of arctic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the North Pole or the region around it

  • : very cold


ARCTIC Defined for Kids

arctic

adjective arc·tic \ ˈärk-tik , ˈär-tik \

Definition of arctic for Students

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

History for arctic

The Big Dipper is a group of stars in the northern sky. It looks like a dipper to us, but ancient people thought it looked like a large bear. The ancient Greeks gave it a name that meant “bear.” The English word arctic came from the Greek name for the Big Dipper. Because when we look at the Big Dipper we are looking toward the north, the word arctic refers to the region around the north pole.



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