\ 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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From June until October, the fjord lost its connection to the Pacific Ocean at Disenchantment Bay. Anchorage Daily News, "The sound of silence in Russell Fjord," 8 June 2019 Two years later, amid disappointing ticket sales, Norwegian spent $50m ripping out all the Chinese fripperies and moved the ship to Alaskan fjords. The Economist, "What slumping demand for cruises says about Chinese tourists," 8 June 2019 The Fretheim has 122 rooms, each with an amazing view of the fjord or the mountains. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Flåm, Norway," 25 May 2019 The 2011 Tohoku quake in Japan for example, which was a magnitude 9.0, created six-foot-high seiches 30 minutes later in a faraway Norwegian fjord. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Annihilation Event That Killed The Dinosaurs Left This Diverse Graveyard Trapped in Time," 1 Apr. 2019 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

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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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fjord shoreline


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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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