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north

adverb \ ˈnȯrth \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of north

: to, toward, or in the north

Examples of north in a Sentence

  1. Turn north onto Elm Street.

  2. It's a few miles north of here.

  3. The bird is found as far north as Canada.

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Origin and Etymology of north

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German nord north and perhaps to Greek nerteros lower, infernal


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north

adjective

Definition of north

1 : situated toward or at the north
  • the north entrance
2 : coming from the north
  • a north wind

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First Known Use of north

before 12th century


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north

noun

Definition of north

1 a : the direction of the north terrestrial pole : the direction to the left of one facing east
b : the compass point directly opposite to south
2 capitalized
a : regions or countries lying to the north of a specified or implied point of orientation
b : the industrially and economically developed nations of the world — compare south 5
3 often capitalized
a : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the north or at the top of a diagram
b : a person occupying this position in the course of a specified activity (such as the game of bridge)

Examples of north in a Sentence

  1. The wind is coming from the north.

  2. The birds migrate from the North.

  3. Parts of the North were hit hard by the storm.

  4. I grew up in the North.

  5. The American Civil War was between the North and the South.

First Known Use of north

13th century


North

biographical name \ ˈnȯrth \

Definition of North

Douglass Cecil 1920–2015 American economist

North

biographical name

Definition of North

Frederick 1732–1792 Lord North English statesman; prime minister (1770–82)

North

biographical name

Definition of North

Sir Thomas 1535–?1603 English translator


NORTH Defined for English Language Learners

north

adverb

Definition of north for English Language Learners

  • : to or toward the north


north

adjective

Definition of north for English Language Learners

  • : located in or toward the north

  • : coming from the north


north

noun

Definition of north for English Language Learners

  • : the direction that is to your left when you are facing the rising sun : the direction that is the opposite of south

  • the north : regions or countries north of a certain point; especially : the northern part of the U.S.


NORTH Defined for Kids

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north

adverb \ ˈnȯrth \

Definition of north for Students

: to or toward the north It's north of here.

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north

adjective

Definition of north for Students

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the north
  • the north entrance
  • a north wind

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north

noun

Definition of north for Students

1 : the direction to the left of someone facing east : the compass point opposite to south
2 capitalized : regions or countries north of a point that is mentioned or understood


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