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From Middle English northerne, from Old English norþerne, from Proto-Germanic *nurþrōnijaz. Cognate with Old High German nordrōni and Old Norse norrœnn.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɔːðən/, /ˈnɔːðn̩/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈnɔɹðɚn/, enPR: nôr′thərn
  • (non-standard) IPA(key): /ˈnɒðə(ɹ)n/
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northern (comparative more northern, superlative most northern)

  1. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the north;northerly.
    • 2013 June 29, “High and wet”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28:
      Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages.
  2. (of a wind) Blowing from the north; northerly.
  3. (Britain) Characteristic of the North of England (usually capitalised)
    Les Dawson was a famous northern comedian.



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northern (plural northerns)

  1. An inhabitant of the northern regions.
  2. (fishing) The northern pike.
    • 1993, Barry Reynolds, John Berryman, Pike on the Fly: The Flyfishing Guide to Northerns, Tigers, and Muskies
      As is the case with northerns, the female muskie, trailed by her attendant males, may broadcast eggs over several hundred yards.