sep·​ten·​tri·​on sep-ˈten-trē-ˌän How to pronounce septentrion (audio)
: the northern regions : north

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin septentriones, plural, the seven stars of Ursa Major or Ursa Minor, from septem seven + triones plowing oxen

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of septentrion was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Septentrion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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