Definition of Nordic in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting Scandinavia, Finland, and Iceland.

    ‘the Nordic countries’
    • ‘Iceland isn't the only place to revel in Nordic madness.’
    • ‘The works were produced by fifty young Scandinavian designers, and represent the cutting edge in Nordic aesthetics.’
    • ‘The five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden together constitute Scandinavia.’
    • ‘The Nordic working culture is of highly educated staff, of staff councils and youth programmes, of appointing women into senior positions and of long-term planning.’
    • ‘For several years he studied Indian music and a special quality of his music is the incorporation of both Nordic themes and East Indian rhythms.’
    • ‘During a period of two years, we have had six different board games published in the Nordic region and won a Game of the Year Award.’
    • ‘I suppose it only makes sense that all the coolest electro-pop has been coming from our Nordic neighbours in Scandinavia.’
    • ‘Outside the black plastic tunnels the sun is bright, and the breeze is bracing and Nordic.’
    • ‘Growth has been especially strong in the UK and the Nordic region.’
    • ‘Denmark is geographically the southernmost of the Nordic nations, which also include Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the similarities between the Nordic countries make Sweden and Finland reasonable countries to compare to Norway.’
    • ‘Swap, a quirky fusion group, blend the very best of Nordic and Celtic music.’
    • ‘The Nordic party systems all display a nonsocialist side, split between agrarian, liberal, conservative, and Christian populist parties.’
    • ‘This annual celebration of all things Nordic will run until Sunday, February 23, and features a vast programme of events across the city.’
    • ‘Compared with other Nordic countries, Finland has very low rates for theft and narcotics offenses but an above average rate for assault.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the Nordic region's vast forestlands form the backdrop for much environmental history writing.’
    • ‘A fifth Nordic country, Iceland, is not included.’
    • ‘This deal is its most significant move outside of the Nordic region.’
    • ‘Despite the effects of the environment, contemporary folk art is considerably more widespread and visible in Finland than, for example, other Nordic countries.’
    • ‘Finland is coming out from the shadows of its Nordic neighbours, Norway and Sweden, and is creating an innovative and hi-tech image for itself.’
    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting a physical type of northern European peoples characterized by tall stature, a bony frame, light colouring, and a dolichocephalic head.
      ‘the Nordic races’
      ‘on one street corner a dusky Moorish maiden, the next a Nordic blonde’
      • ‘The dancers ranged from husky to lithe and black to Nordic.’
      • ‘Dave was a beauty to look at, tall and golden like a Nordic god.’
      • ‘He was sadly miscast in the role: too tall, too Nordic, palely devoid of fiery Latin temperament.’
      • ‘Others think that the Celtic Druids and the Nordic tribes may have had some influence.’
      • ‘The U.S. side of the river feels like a northern outpost, inhabited by rural people of Nordic descent, while the Canadian side is a southern city of that nation, largely Italian and industrial.’
      • ‘It is thought to have changed very little in the 1,000 years since the first Nordic settlers arrived on Iceland.’
      • ‘He turns around to see a horde of muscular Nordic men in furs and helmets preparing to scale the platform.’
      • ‘He was also reading some of the books published in the 1930s in Australia that claimed that whites were in fact complex mixtures of Nordic, Alpine and Mediterranean types.’
      • ‘Vogelesang was Nordic in appearance: he was a tall, well-built man with an open face, square jaw, fair hair and blue eyes.’
      • ‘Dean Nelson, the tall, Nordic man with a weathered complexion and dead-as-steel eyes, looks over to the car.’
      • ‘He envisaged a German-dominated Europe, led by a Nordic elite.’
      • ‘Part antithesis, part identical twins: one player long-haired, fair, Nordic; one an American full of Greek genes.’
      • ‘All this talk about Nordic supremacy or the Aryan race was quite common at the turn of the century - although it certainly appeared in different forms.’
      • ‘Iceland was settled by Nordic people in the 9th century.’
      • ‘He was tall and big, a typical Nordic man with grey hair and thick glasses.’
    2. 1.2Skiing Involving the disciplines of cross-country skiing or ski jumping.
      ‘Jim competes as a veteran in Nordic events in Scotland’
      Often contrasted with alpine
      • ‘Today, she does no skiing but the Nordic sort, which is a wholly laudable choice.’
      • ‘Snowshoeing is also an option as is skiing on a short, three-kilometer groomed Nordic trail at Badger Pass.’
      • ‘Winter sports include Nordic and cross-country skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey.’
      • ‘Worse still, his new wife was a champion Nordic skier, and he didn't want to miss out on the fun.’
      • ‘The Nordic combined team had practiced jumps in the mornings and cross country in the evenings for several days at the Steam Boat Springs camp where they were protected by excellent weather.’
      • ‘The most popular Nordic location is Teton Canyon in the Targhee National Forest.’


  • A person from Scandinavia, Finland, or Iceland.

    ‘the Nordics might share a common history, speak similar languages, enjoy the same culture’
    • ‘She was in Willisau with her husband, David Miller, a second-generation miner from Dawson City in Canada's remote Yukon Territory who was keeping a close eye on the Nordics.’
    • ‘In any event, only those incredibly cool, competent Nordics could do it.’
    • ‘The book, which divided the white race into Nordics, Alpines, and Mediterraneans according to their physical and mental attributes, was a sophisticated encapsulation of the same assumptions.’
    • ‘When the sun goes down, a simple headlamp is one way to keep on skiing: the average lamp provides enough illumination, 10-15 feet or more, for most nocturnal Nordics to enjoy themselves.’
    • ‘As a Nordic, he is especially good at adapting Wagner's operas into puppet shows.’
    • ‘The theory bolstered the split between old and new immigrants, complicating it only slightly: the old immigrants were primarily comprised of Nordics while the new immigrants were dominated by Alpines and Mediterraneans.’


From French nordique, from nord north.