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
The initial phase of Israel's ground campaign in Gaza, which has paused amid the ceasefire, has primarily targeted northern Gaza, where officials have said Hamas is located.—Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 29 Nov. 2023 However, sightings from regions south of the Arctic Circle tend only to get glimpses of aurora as a faint glow on the northern horizon, so that’s where aurora hunters should look from North America.—Jamie Carter, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 In the fastest-warming part of the planet, the Svalbard reindeer’s relative success is a welcome contrast to the challenges facing many other northern animals.—Cheryl Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 New violations of the cease-fire have been reported in northern Gaza this morning.—NBC News, 29 Nov. 2023 Last Updated: Live Coverage Feed 4 hours ago Humanitarian Aid Reaches Northern Gaza, U.N. Agency Says
The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees said humanitarian aid reached its shelters in northern Gaza on Monday for the first time since the war began.—Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, 29 Nov. 2023 Israel had previously instructed Gazans to evacuate from northern Gaza, where the majority of the fighting has been focused, to the south to minimize civilian casualties.—Selina Wang, ABC News, 28 Nov. 2023 Employing their military edge in the land, sea, and air, Israelis have gained control of most of northern Gaza, killed thousands of terrorists, uncovered stashes of weapons, and begun to dismantle or disable Hamas’s vast network of underground tunnels.—The Editors, National Review, 28 Nov. 2023 The small space on the ground floor showed work by a photographer from the northern state of Sonora — endless desert horizons punctuated by fragments of industrial architecture.—Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023
For northern pike, the DNR hopes to foster large sizes by disallowing anyone from keeping a northern that exceeds 30 inches.—Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021 Most puffers have very tiny mouths, and northerns are no exception.—Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 23 Aug. 2023 Walleyes or northerns were the target for the Governor's Fishing Opener The water temperature was 48 degrees and the walleyes, Wisconsin's favorite game fish, would likely be at the tail end of their spawning period or just after it.—Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2023 Carey thought trolling would be the best way to cover water and find some active fish, likely walleyes or northerns.—Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2023 One northern was chunky and offered a good fight, and the walleyes would contribute to a feast Mike planned that evening for visiting cousins, who before dinner would splash into Cross Lake to cool off and afterward would watch the sun set below the distant pines.—Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 Resources The highest rates of botulism in the United States occur in our northern-most state Alaska, and is attributed to changing methods of fermenting meat and the loss of indigenous culinary knowledge among Native Alaskans.—Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 23 May 2013 Bartz, who has fished for many decades in the best waters of Wisconsin and Ontario, caught the biggest walleye and northern of his life on Seseganaga.—Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 13 June 2022 My turn was next, with a 21-inch northern on the same type of lure.—Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2022 See More
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Middle English northerne, from Old English; akin to Old High German nordrōni northern, Old English north north
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a