\ fē-ˈȯrd, ˈfē-ˌȯrd; ˈfyȯrd \
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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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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

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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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