northern

adjective
north·ern | \ ˈnȯr-t͟hərn , ˈnȯr-t͟hən \

Definition of northern 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized

a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated North

b : of, relating to, or constituting the northern dialect

2a : lying toward the north

b : coming from the north a northern storm

northern

noun

Definition of northern (Entry 2 of 2)

1 capitalized : the dialect of English spoken in the part of the U.S. north of a line running northwest through central New Jersey, below the northern tier of counties in Pennsylvania, through northern Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, across central Iowa, and through the northwest corner of South Dakota

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Other words from northern

Adjective

northernmost \ˈnȯr-t͟hə(r)n-ˌmōst \ adjective

Examples of northern in a Sentence

Adjective

the northern part of the state

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Climate change may mean more cases A 2016 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that warmer ocean temperatures may be fueling the growth of dangerous bacteria—including Vibrio—in northern seas. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Vibrio Vulnificus: What to Know About The 'Flesh-Eating Bacteria' That Has a New Jersey Man Fighting For His Life," 10 July 2018 The 12 members of the Thai soccer team and their coach who’ve been trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks have all been rescued. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "How the 12 Thai boys were finally rescued," 10 July 2018 The power went out to 1,513 customers in the northern end of National City and the Bay Terraces and Skyline neighborhoods of San Diego about 8 p.m., according to the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. website. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Power outages to 3,700 near Clairemont; National City," 14 July 2018 In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization. Khaled Kazziha, BostonGlobe.com, "7 endangered rhinos dead in Kenya relocation bid," 13 July 2018 In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization. Washington Post, "8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation," 13 July 2018 In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization. Khaled Kazziha, Fox News, "7 endangered rhinos die in Kenya relocation bid: Official," 13 July 2018 Many of the divers and residents of the nearby northern Thai town of Mae Sai saw the last-minute flood as a sign that divine protection had ceased only after all were safe. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 High pressure over northern New Jersey on Friday will bring mostly sunny skies across the state with temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Mostly Sunny Skies, Temperatures In The Upper 70s, 80s," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Between May and August, Freeze might catch fewer than 10 northerns at his arboreal outpost just off Interstate 95. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "A mysterious disease is killing millions of bats. These scientists are trying to save them.," 12 July 2018 This is not a new polarization in the western states or in other northern settled regions. Steve Haycox, Anchorage Daily News, "Economic reality sets the stage for tension over ANWR drilling," 9 Mar. 2018 Connecting with history through Mexican folklórico dance (3:25) Numerically speaking, Wilma and Harold Matz are rarer around here than the endangered northern spotted owl. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "‘Greatest generation’ is fading, but it’s still got choice words for our own," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of northern

Adjective

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

Noun

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for northern

Adjective

Middle English northerne, from Old English; akin to Old High German nordrōni northern, Old English north north

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Phrases Related to northern

the Northern Lights

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northern

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of northern

: located in or toward the north

: of or relating to the north

northern

adjective
north·ern | \ ˈnȯr-t͟hərn \

Kids Definition of northern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the North northern weather

2 : lying toward or coming from the north northern Europe

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