\ 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 In Antarctica, the boat was joined by a British Antarctic Survey Scientist who studied fjord ice retreat patterns using the yacht’s submarine. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, "Boat of the Week: Meet ‘Game Changer,’ a 227-Foot Explorer Yacht With the World’s Best Dive Center," 26 Mar. 2021 While the investment was justified to aid the fishing industry, the Atlantic Road is now a major tourist attraction for the northernmost part of the fjord Norway region. David Nikel, Forbes, "Norway’s Spectacular Atlantic Ocean Road In Pictures," 21 Mar. 2021 The Russian-Norwegian maritime border cuts through the fjord. David Axe, Forbes, "Two Halves Of A Possible Naval Battle Played Out Along The Norwegian Coast As NATO And Russia Practiced For War," 1 Mar. 2021 EVs command 54 percent of the market share in Norway not because Norwegians love Tesla, but because Norway has thrown a small fjord’s worth of incentives and mandates behind them. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "7 Ways of Looking at GM’s New Super Bowl Ad," 7 Feb. 2021 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

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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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10 Apr 2021

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

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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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