fjord

noun
\ fē-ˈȯrd, ˈfē-ˌȯrd; ˈfyȯrd \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of fjord

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

Illustration of fjord

Illustration of fjord

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for fjord

Synonyms

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of fjord in a Sentence

a cruise through the breathtaking fjords along the coast of Norway

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The terrain between Anchorage and Valdez includes remote inland fjords, coastal waterways and steep mountains, which require flying through numerous high passes, the report says. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Emergency beacon on plane in fatal crash near Whittier had wrong registration," 25 May 2018 And Google’s own properties get front and center treatment, including YouTube VR (cool 360-degreee videos), Google Street View (360 views of Machu Picchu, Norwegian fjords etc), Google Photos, and the Play Store. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Lenovo Google virtual reality headset goes wireless like Oculus," 4 May 2018 There are 360-degree views of the valley, the undulating fjords, the craggy peaks of the Troll Wall to the north, stabbing the sky. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 The beasts tend to make clicking and buzzing sounds while in the deep sea, about 700 to 2,000 feet down, and buzzed quite a bit in one particular fjord, likely using echolocation while hunting shrimp and cod. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Record the Sounds of the Elusive Narwhal," 15 June 2018 Outside the window, the January supermoon is rising above the fjord, bathing the landscape in a monochrome of blue and white. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fjord.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fjord

Dictionary Entries near fjord

fizzwater

Fjäll

fjeld

fjord

fjorded

fjord shoreline

fl

Statistics for fjord

Last Updated

26 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fjord

The first known use of fjord was in 1674

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fjord

fjord

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fjord

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

fjord

noun
variants: or fiord \ fē-​ˈȯrd \

Kids Definition of fjord

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on fjord

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with fjord

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for fjord

Spanish Central: Translation of fjord

Nglish: Translation of fjord for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fjord

Comments on fjord

What made you want to look up fjord? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

important, real, or meaningful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!