\ 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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a cruise through the breathtaking fjords along the coast of Norway
Recent Examples on the Web The bodies of the others are in the middle of the fjord. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study sheds new light on polar explorer’s final hours, 100+ years later," 28 Dec. 2020 The Eysturoyar tunnel network is almost 7 miles long and runs beneath Skálafjørður fjord, connecting the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy, the BBC reports. James Rogers, Fox News, "Incredible underwater roundabout set to open," 7 Dec. 2020 With tons of rock and rubble precariously perched high above a nearby fjord, ready to crash into the sea, the town’s present is being shaped by both its past and preparations for an uncertain future. Victoria Petersen, Wired, "Climate Change Is Intensifying the Tsunami Threat in Alaska," 21 Nov. 2020 But the unstable slope in Barry Arm, a narrow steep-walled fjord in Prince William Sound, is vastly more dangerous. Victoria Petersen, Wired, "Climate Change Is Intensifying the Tsunami Threat in Alaska," 21 Nov. 2020 Sitting on the deepest fjord in North America, Haines (population: 2,500) can be reached by small plane or ferry from Juneau or by car from Canada. Jenna Kunze, Smithsonian Magazine, "Behold America’s Largest Congregation of Bald Eagles," 3 Nov. 2020 While the Yara Birkeland is on hold, Kongsberg is moving ahead with two additional autonomous ships to deliver 16 electric grocery supply trucks each from a warehouse on one side of Oslo’s main fjord to a distribution site on the other. Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Robot Ships Are Coming … Eventually," 30 Oct. 2020 He was raised on Tjoma Island at the mouth of the Oslo fjord. Jacques Kelly,, "Dr. Hans R. Wilhelmsen, respected plastic surgeon who emigrated from Norway and put himself through school, dies," 23 Oct. 2020 An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, in June 2018. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050, report warns," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of fjord was in 1674

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“Fjord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fjord

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


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Kids Definition of fjord

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

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