\ 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 But there are hundreds of glaciers overall, and now more are losing ice as warming seas come in contact with them through the fjords., "The Greenland ice sheet’s losses have accelerated so fast since the 1990s it is now shedding more than seven times as much ice each year, according to 89 scientists who use satellites to study the area.," 11 Dec. 2019 But there are hundreds of glaciers overall, and now more are losing ice as warming seas come in contact with them through the fjords. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Greenland’s rapidly increasing ice losses are now in line with highest sea-level scenario, scientists say," 10 Dec. 2019 Paddle a sea kayak through the fjords, taking in the incredible scenery and keeping your eye out for sea lions, otters, and puffins. National Geographic, "Alaska Expedition: Wildlife, Fjords, and Glaciers," 10 Sep. 2019 Unlike cruises that spend long periods at sea between ports, a trip through Norway’s fjords provides ever-changing scenery, with no need for a strenuous hike. Washington Post, "Cruise offers close and long looks at Norway’s fjords," 7 Aug. 2019 The fjord is 100 miles long, fourth-longest in the world, and water plunges down a half mile at its deepest point. Lori Swanson, Twin Cities, "My mother says she’s British. Her DNA says Scandinavian. So we went to check out the beautiful homeland," 10 Nov. 2019 Bergen, Norway Surrounded by mountains on Norway’s western shore, Bergen is one of Europe’s largest cruise ship ports of call and the gateway to Norway’s world-famous fjords. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 The mining company wanted to extract copper and deposit tailings in the fjord. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 Cruise ships bring thousands to tiny villages at the heads of hitherto pristine fjords. The Economist, "Norway has haddock enough of fish smugglers," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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10 Jan 2020

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“Fjord.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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