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

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Synonyms for fjord

Synonyms

arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], 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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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 Your choice of car comes with free GPS, Wi-Fi and use of a cellphone that has a 24/7 hjálp (that’s Icelandic for ‘help’) line, in case your Ford hits a fjord. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018 The best bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the Tufi fjord, where the water is dotted with outriggers ferrying children, fish, and fruit. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 There are port facilities at the mouth of the fjord, towers garlanded by hundreds of miles of transmission lines, five smelters and a refinery, all owned by the area’s largest private employer and top aluminum shipper to the U.S., Rio Tinto Group. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018 The company also runs waitlists for suites aboard ships bound for in-demand destinations such as the Norwegian fjords. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Royal Caribbean Spends a Cool Billion on Majority Stake in Cruise Competitor," 14 June 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

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

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