fjord

noun \ fē-ˈȯrd , ˈfē-ˌȯrd ; ˈfyȯrd \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of fjord

: a narrow inlet of the sea between cliffs or steep slopes
  • the fjords of Norway

Examples of fjord in a Sentence

  1. a cruise through the breathtaking fjords along the coast of Norway

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Origin and Etymology of fjord

Norwegian fjord, from Old Norse fjǫrthr — more at ford

fjord Synonyms

Synonyms
arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, gulf (also fiord), inlet, loch [Scottish]
Related Words
harbor, port, road (s), roadstead; narrow, sound, strait; bayou; backwater, slough (also slew or slue)

FJORD Defined for English Language Learners

fjord

noun

Definition of fjord for English Language Learners

  • : a narrow part of the ocean between cliffs or steep hills or mountains


FJORD Defined for Kids

fjord

noun
variants: or fiord \fē-ˈȯrd\

Definition of fjord for Students

: a narrow inlet of the sea between cliffs or steep slopes


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