Definition of hyperborean in English:



  • 1An inhabitant of the extreme north.

    • ‘We restricted our density calculations to birds on the water, with the exception of glaucous gulls (Larus hyperborean).’
    1. 1.1Greek Mythology A member of a people worshipping Apollo and living in a land of sunshine and plenty beyond the north wind.
      • ‘He is cast or casts himself on a pyre, but is miraculously saved by Apollo and translated to the land of the Hyperboreans.’
      • ‘The last point of the ‘northern twist of the axis’ of which the griffins are said to be the ‘figure’ is the Hyperborean paradise.’
      • ‘This island is inhabited by the Hyperboreans there is also on the island a magnificent sacred precinct of Apollo.’
      • ‘The Scythians and the Hyperboreans (sometimes the Aethiopians) were the noble savages of the Ancients.’
      very cold, bitterly cold, bitter, freezing, frozen, frosty, icy, icy-cold, ice-cold, chilly, wintry, bleak, sub-zero, arctic, siberian, polar, glacial
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  • Relating to the extreme north.

    • ‘The streets are quite chilled, inside my head is brisk at best and the beat, well, the beat is positively hyperborean.’
    • ‘Its grid plan, zoned districts and splendid Nevsky Prospect created a strange kind of hyperborean vertigo in those who contemplated it.’
    • ‘After hearing a glopping sound hit the snow covered ground, Hugh's skinless face begins scanning the hyperborean terrain for his epidermal layer.’
    chilly, cool, freezing, icy, snowy, icy-cold, glacial, wintry, crisp, frosty, frigid, bitter, bitterly cold, biting, piercing, numbing, sharp, raw, polar, arctic, siberian
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Late Middle English: from late Latin hyperboreanus, from Greek huperboreos, from huper ‘beyond’ + boreas ‘north wind’.