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Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: to, toward, or in the north



Definition of north (Entry 2 of 6)

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



Definition of north (Entry 3 of 6)

1a : 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 sense 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)


biographical name (1)
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Definition of North (Entry 4 of 6)

Douglass Cecil 1920–2015 American economist


biographical name (2)

Definition of North (Entry 5 of 6)

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


biographical name (3)

Definition of North (Entry 6 of 6)

Sir Thomas 1535–?1603 English translator

Examples of north in a Sentence

Adverb Turn north onto Elm Street. It's a few miles north of here. The bird is found as far north as Canada. Noun The wind is coming from the north. The birds migrate from the North. Parts of the North were hit hard by the storm. I grew up in the North. The American Civil War was between the North and the South.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb One theory was that the yellowwood trees were brought north by Kentucky settlers, but that was proven false when the trees were analyzed. USA TODAY, "More pigeon hats, cushion cash, Chaka Khan: News from around our 50 states," 20 Jan. 2020 King remembers giving a private food tour to a couple from up north who told her that the experience changed their impression of Birmingham. al, "Comedienne Joy launches bus tours of Birmingham civil rights landmarks," 19 Jan. 2020 While friends and family up north are shoveling snow in freezing weather, Houstonians are playing golf. Houston Chronicle, "Houston Apartment Association: Weather wintertime in your apartment," 18 Jan. 2020 For anyone seeking a more rugged experience, Hacienda Encantada sits on the cliffs of Playa Medona, slightly north of quintessential Cabo. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Many Amish are moving north, leaving their historic districts in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana for relatively cheap farmland in the deindustrializing Rust Belt and the prairie out west. Adam Davidson, WSJ, "An Amish Lesson for Small Business Success," 16 Jan. 2020 From the mid-19th century until the 1920s, New York’s diamond epicenter was Maiden Lane, four blocks north of Wall Street. Barak Richman, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Manhattan’s Diamond District Continues To Operate Like an Old World Bazaar," 16 Jan. 2020 Unless winds change, the cloud would move north of False Pass and would not pose a threat, Schwaiger said. Washington Post, "Aleutian volcano spews up ash cloud in two strong bursts," 8 Jan. 2020 In the hot summer months, many of these migrant workers move their tents north, with a concentration around the capital, Amman. Lydia Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Among Syria’s Exiles in Jordan," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Martins grew up far from the beach, in a patchwork of favelas known as the Complexo do Alemão, on Rio’s sprawling north side. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 But houses and condominiums from north Phoenix to Peoria and Chandler are now fetching prices above $1 million. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix million-dollar home sales soar. Who can afford the area's mansions?," 19 Jan. 2020 One person is dead after a crash on the city's north side Friday night, Fox59 reported. Indianapolis Star, "Man killed, woman seriously injured after car crashes into pond on north side," 18 Jan. 2020 The death of a 14-month old boy on Milwaukee's north side is being investigated as a homicide, according to Milwaukee police and the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Death of 14-month-old boy investigated as homicide," 2 Jan. 2020 Cerny appeared before Berea City Council on Dec. 16 to seek another one-year extension to construct the project, which will be located between Riveredge and Sheldon roads on the city’s north side. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea independent senior housing project gets another construction extension," 27 Dec. 2019 The bus ran off the north side of the road, down a steep embankment and twisting onto its side. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Two-vehicle crash near Edwards sends bus into Eagle River," 13 Dec. 2019 Six of those were in north Alabama, where two people were killed and several injured in an EF-2 in Lawrence County. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tornado count from Monday’s storms climbs to 12," 20 Dec. 2019 Haywood is the founder and president of the Haywood Group, a real-estate development, investment and consulting firm that got $9 million in city loans this year for a boutique hotel on Milwaukee’s north side. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A powerful Milwaukee real estate developer accused of sexual assault was questioned at a shelter instead of the police station," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most visitors spend their time in San Juan, less than 100 miles north of Guánica; in the beach towns along the north and east coasts; in El Yunque National Forest; or on the smaller islands of Vieques and Culebra, a short flight or ferry ride away. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico welcomes visitors despite recent earthquakes," 22 Jan. 2020 Overnight lows will again fall into the 20s nearly statewide, with low 20s expected in north and central Alabama and upper 20s to low 30s closer to the coast. Leigh Morgan, al, "Another colder-than-average night ahead for Alabama," 21 Jan. 2020 The site chosen by the administration has easy access to highways via the Opportunity Corridor, which will connect Interstate 490 at East 55th Street, and streets that allow for easy north and south connections. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Plan to build Cleveland police headquarters along Opportunity Corridor in Kinsman clears hurdle," 21 Jan. 2020 Ventura, which opened nearly four years ago, offers live indie rock in a trendy area just west of Broadway bordered by the San Antonio Museum of Art to the north and the historic VFW Post 76 to the south. Ashley Mcbride, Houston Chronicle, "Two dead, five hurt after brawl at live music club on north end of San Antonio’s River Walk," 19 Jan. 2020 Casinos on Lake Tahoe’s north and south shores are the closest places with sports books. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Betting on 49ers to win Super Bowl? Here’s what you should know," 19 Jan. 2020 Two signs will be placed on the north and south side of the courthouse, each honoring Cummings' legacy, CNN affiliate WBAL reported. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "This Baltimore courthouse is set to be renamed for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings," 17 Jan. 2020 Read more: Michigan’s bridges are bad — and a fix could take nearly a century For safety reasons, north and southbound M-10 ramps to eastbound I-94 will remain closed until the fall, according to MDOT. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Portion of I-94 to close this weekend for bridge demolition: What to know," 15 Jan. 2020 Snow will be more prominent north of Wilsonville and along the Coast Range, foothills and Cascades. oregonlive, "Portland snow forecast: Sporadic snow; accumulation unlikely for Wednesday commute," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of north


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for north


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

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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“North.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the north



English Language Learners Definition of north (Entry 2 of 3)

: located in or toward the north
: coming from the north



English Language Learners Definition of north (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction that is to your left when you are facing the rising sun : the direction that is the opposite of south
: regions or countries north of a certain point especially : the northern part of the U.S.


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Kids Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of north (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of north (Entry 3 of 3)

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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