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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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Examples of fjord in a Sentence

a cruise through the breathtaking fjords along the coast of Norway
Recent Examples on the Web From Oslo, the train will make its way to the Flåm Railway, Europe's steepest railway line, allowing passengers to descend nearly 3,000 feet into a fjord below. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 7 Oct. 2021 The 5,000-object collections of three previously existing museums have been collated under one thoroughly modern roof, just behind the city waterfront, with views of the inner Oslo fjord from its rooftop terrace. CNN, 1 Jan. 2022 Located next to a large fjord, Gjellestad may have been an important base of operations for early Vikings. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2021 This vibrant town of about 700 is tucked away in the innermost nook of its namesake fjord. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2021 In 2017, the researchers extracted a sediment core from the seafloor of Kongsfjorden, a glacial fjord in the east end of the Fram Strait, a gateway between the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard and Greenland, where Arctic and Atlantic waters mingle. New York Times, 27 Nov. 2021 And while the sailing season won't be right for northern lights, the cruise itinerary includes lots of opportunities for fjord and glacier spotting as well as the chance to see polar bears, puffins, reindeer, and whales. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 5 Nov. 2021 The pod of white-sided dolphins was driven into the largest fjord in the North Atlantic territory by hunters in speed boats and on Jet Skis on Sunday, where they were corralled into shallow waters and killed. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 Monaco glacier, the scenic Raudfjord and the glacial fjord and bird sanctuary of the Kongsfjord. David Nikel, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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