Definition of northern in English:



  • 1[attributive] Situated in the north, or directed towards or facing the north.

    ‘the northern slopes’
    ‘northern Europe’
    • ‘In the afternoon, we went on a tour of the United Nations offices, located towards the northern end of the city.’
    • ‘It is a lovely circuit of Lingmoor Fell, so called because of the abundance of heather on its northern slopes.’
    • ‘He wrote to the landowner implying that he had also encountered an Early Medieval ditch on one of the lower breaks of slope on the northern face.’
    • ‘He advocated the idea of a Greater Macedonia, extending towards northern Greece.’
    • ‘The main public space is placed towards the northern edge of the site.’
    • ‘Situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is in easy reach of the wonders of nature.’
    • ‘Wismar, in northern Germany, is situated on an inlet of the Baltic Sea.’
    • ‘This is where the green belt begins, the northern slopes rolling down to form the edge of Epping Forest.’
    • ‘More importantly, the Skemp site is situated near the northern edge of this sample area.’
    • ‘Spots of snow still lurk on northern slopes while glacial lilies unfurl in patches of sunlight.’
    • ‘This tour is centred around the small village of Apriltsi, in the northern slopes of the Balkan mountains.’
    • ‘The current situation is that the northern half of Gladstone Road, Russell Road and Palmerston Road are all shared use bays.’
    • ‘The northern entrance is situated right next to the recently opened Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.’
    • ‘Moving towards the northern ward where Devin had curled up earlier she tried to shake him awake but it was no use.’
    • ‘Millions of gallons of water poured through and rushed into the northern suburbs and on towards the city centre.’
    • ‘It was situated towards the northern end of the forest, a mile or so from the outskirts of the town of Lariat.’
    • ‘The site chosen is located against the northern slope of the Old Fort in Johannesburg.’
    • ‘My own experience with men on the street in northern India is direct.’
    • ‘The road was widened and a roundabout installed on the northern end to direct traffic down to Finisklin.’
    • ‘In reality, it is a long, slightly bent collection of broken reefs surrounding a sheltered lagoon towards the northern end.’
    northern, northerly, northwardly, arctic, polar
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    1. 1.1(of a wind) blowing from the north.
      ‘the cliff protects the bay from the northern winds’
      • ‘A gentle northern breeze pushed a noble's boat down the Nile, while a small fishing boat floated with the current.’
      • ‘The northern wind caused her hair to stream behind her, a black river flowing from the back of her head.’
      • ‘The town's location ensures that it catches most of the day's sun and is sheltered from northern winds by sharply rising fells.’
      • ‘A slightly chilly northern breeze was blowing but Jo had seen it wise to bring a jacket with him.’
      • ‘I must have been shaking like a leaf in the northern wind for he took me tight in his arms, saying nothing.’
      • ‘It was light, dark, with beautiful white sails undulating in the northern wind.’
      • ‘The natural acidity of the grape gives the wine a dry finish that is as pleasant on a warm day as a cool northern breeze.’
      • ‘The northern wind neared the top of the cliff and sped up, always gaining momentum.’
  • 2Living in or originating from the north.

    ‘northern breeds of cattle’
    • ‘Mercury thereby gets into the food chain and jeopardizes the health of northern inhabitants.’
    • ‘Crucially they lacked the raw football bred into the county's northern teams.’
    • ‘It also persists most famously among that other northern breed, the Highland.’
    • ‘His few surviving works mark him as the most original northern sculptor since Claus Sluter.’
    • ‘I think it is great that people will be able to hear a local accent on the trains, especially because we are a northern company.’
    • ‘Along with many local cattle dealers there were many northern buyers, many of whom resided in Collooney then.’
    1. 2.1Relating to or characteristic of the north or its inhabitants.
      ‘she had a broad northern accent’
      • ‘She speaks with a northern accent and claimed her home was in Co Antrim.’
      • ‘Janet Alder, the sister of the late Christopher Alder who died in police custody, startled me with her northern accent at first.’
      • ‘In part, of course, this Peter Kay reference is basically because Manford has a northern accent.’
      • ‘Wylie is 6ft 1ins tall of medium build with short fair hair and a soft northern accent.’
      • ‘Michael had a little of what seemed to be a northern accent, that Mike didn't have.’
      • ‘Mr Wright had noticed the man did not have a Yorkshire or a northern accent.’
      • ‘His top may have had a logo on the chest, and he spoke with a northern accent.’
      • ‘He always accentuated his northern twang when he was up from university.’
      • ‘The son of a Burnley mill worker and window cleaner, Salmon has not lost his northern accent.’
      • ‘This feels like a day out and I like the way it's got a northern character.’
      • ‘Many of the songs are love letters to the Prairies and northern living in general.’
      • ‘He wore a black donkey jacket and black bobble hat and spoke with a northern accent.’
      • ‘A clumsy man with a broad northern accent, Paley delighted in fishing.’
      • ‘Conor and Tiernan are intrigued to see Northern Ireland, or Norn Iron as they pronounce it, mimicking a northern accent.’
      • ‘I speak with a northern accent and sometimes even in dialect.’
      • ‘He spoke with a northern accent and wore a blue short sleeved shirt and blue jeans.’
      • ‘Lancashire-born, he says he sees the role as a great opportunity to use his native northern accent.’
      • ‘Normal people just don't trust anyone who speaks with a northern accent.’
      • ‘In fact, I overheard a woman with a northern accent compare the range of crisps on sale with the selection at Erith.’
      • ‘He is white, of heavy build, with brown eyes and black collar length hair who spoke with a northern accent.’


Old English northerne (see north, -ern).