north

1 of 3

adverb

: to, toward, or in the north

see also north of

north

2 of 3

adjective

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

north

3 of 3

noun

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 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)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
This Eastern European metropolis is no longer merely a stopover en route to Kraków with its captivating charm or to destinations north for a Tri-City immersion led by the port city of Gdańsk. Kasia Dietz, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2024 The fire plague kept moving north, and eventually crossed the highway like a forest fire jumping a firebreak. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024
Adjective
North London Highgate The highgate neighborhood is a residential area in north London. Anna Gordon, TIME, 20 June 2024 Around 1902, the village of Pembroke sprouted near present-day Carver Ranches, and many of the early settlers were from north Florida. Miami Herald, 16 Apr. 2024
Noun
About 200 people are slated to work at the new ISE Labs office and research site in north San Jose. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 17 July 2024 Portions of central, eastern, north central, and western Arkansas, including parts of Marion, Pope, Johnson, Baxter and Boone counties, are under a flood watch until noon, the weather service said. Remington Miller, arkansasonline.com, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for north 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

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

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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

Noun

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of north was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“North.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/north. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

north

1 of 3 adverb
: to or toward the north

north

2 of 3 adjective
1
: placed or lying toward or at the north
the north entrance
2
: coming from the north
a north wind

north

3 of 3 noun
1
a
: the direction to the left of one facing east
b
: the compass point opposite to south
2
capitalized : regions or countries north of a point that is mentioned or understood

Biographical Definition

North 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Douglass Cecil 1920–2015 American economist

North

2 of 3

biographical name (2)

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

North

3 of 3

biographical name (3)

Sir Thomas 1535–?1603 English translator

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