\ fē-ˈȯrd How to pronounce fjord (audio) , ˈfē-ˌȯrd; ˈfyȯrd How to pronounce fjord (audio) \
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Definition of fjord

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

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Synonyms for fjord


arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, gulf, inlet, loch [Scottish]

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Examples of fjord in a Sentence

a cruise through the breathtaking fjords along the coast of Norway

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Our dream Norwegian vacation would involve a trip to the insanely picturesque (proof here) fjord-side town of Flam, where red-and-white buildings dot green countryside surrounded by mountains. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Are the World's 10 Happiest Countries," 21 Mar. 2019 Lofoten's deep fjords are perfect for kayaking, with the surrounding mountains reflected in the water and tons of wildlife to spot. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Norway's Lofoten Islands," 26 Mar. 2018 Yet while Lofoten's sites may draw some comparisons, the beauty here is truly unparalleled: think colorful fishing villages, majestic fjords, and frozen beaches dotted with surfers. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Norway's Lofoten Islands," 26 Mar. 2018 Surrounded by the fjords of the Aurland region, 29/2 Aurland is owned by a young couple who have transformed this former farm into a sanctuary for foodies and nature lovers alike. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 The Amundsen is slated to visit the coasts of Western Europe and the fjords of Norway plus Chile, Antarctica, and the Falklands; the Nansen is also slated to sail Antarctica and South America. Veronica Stoddart, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Expedition Ships: Small but Mighty Appealing," 14 June 2018 Marius Barstad, a Norwegian plastic surgeon, and his wife, Bente Eger, a sales agent for a fashion company, gave a humdrum 1970s prefab, perched on the edge of Oslo’s inner fjord, a radical makeover. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Living Large in a Scandinavian Suburb," 3 Oct. 2018 Trevor ThomasSouthern CrossingsThomas scours his home country for new lodges, camps, and villas (like the suites at Mahu Whenua), and adventures like boating through fjords. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Even further out in the town of Southwest Harbor is the Claremont Hotel, which first opened its doors in 1884 and sits on six resplendent acres overlooking Somes Sound, the eastern seaboard’s only fjord. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "This Maine Island Might Be the Most Beautiful Spot in New England," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of fjord

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fjord

Norwegian fjord, from Old Norse fjǫrthr — more at ford

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English Language Learners Definition of fjord

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


variants: or fiord \ fē-​ˈȯrd \

Kids Definition of fjord

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

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