Definition of Nordic in US English:



  • 1Relating to Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.

    ‘the Nordic countries’
    • ‘Compared with other Nordic countries, Finland has very low rates for theft and narcotics offenses but an above average rate for assault.’
    • ‘Growth has been especially strong in the UK and the Nordic region.’
    • ‘Iceland isn't the only place to revel in Nordic madness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Nordic party systems all display a nonsocialist side, split between agrarian, liberal, conservative, and Christian populist parties.’
    • ‘Outside the black plastic tunnels the sun is bright, and the breeze is bracing and Nordic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the Nordic region's vast forestlands form the backdrop for much environmental history writing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I suppose it only makes sense that all the coolest electro-pop has been coming from our Nordic neighbours in Scandinavia.’
    • ‘Swap, a quirky fusion group, blend the very best of Nordic and Celtic music.’
    • ‘This annual celebration of all things Nordic will run until Sunday, February 23, and features a vast programme of events across the city.’
    • ‘The five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden together constitute Scandinavia.’
    • ‘This deal is its most significant move outside of the Nordic region.’
    • ‘A fifth Nordic country, Iceland, is not included.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the similarities between the Nordic countries make Sweden and Finland reasonable countries to compare to Norway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Denmark is geographically the southernmost of the Nordic nations, which also include Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.’
    • ‘The works were produced by fifty young Scandinavian designers, and represent the cutting edge in Nordic aesthetics.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting a physical type of northern European peoples characterized by tall stature, a bony frame, light coloring, and a dolichocephalic head.
      ‘the Nordic races’
      ‘on one street corner a dusky Moorish maiden, the next a Nordic blonde’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was sadly miscast in the role: too tall, too Nordic, palely devoid of fiery Latin temperament.’
      • ‘Dave was a beauty to look at, tall and golden like a Nordic god.’
      • ‘He turns around to see a horde of muscular Nordic men in furs and helmets preparing to scale the platform.’
      • ‘The dancers ranged from husky to lithe and black to Nordic.’
      • ‘Others think that the Celtic Druids and the Nordic tribes may have had some influence.’
      • ‘It is thought to have changed very little in the 1,000 years since the first Nordic settlers arrived on Iceland.’
      • ‘Part antithesis, part identical twins: one player long-haired, fair, Nordic; one an American full of Greek genes.’
      • ‘He was tall and big, a typical Nordic man with grey hair and thick glasses.’
      • ‘Dean Nelson, the tall, Nordic man with a weathered complexion and dead-as-steel eyes, looks over to the car.’
      • ‘Vogelesang was Nordic in appearance: he was a tall, well-built man with an open face, square jaw, fair hair and blue eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He envisaged a German-dominated Europe, led by a Nordic elite.’
      • ‘Iceland was settled by Nordic people in the 9th century.’
    2. 1.2Skiing Relating to or denoting the disciplines of cross-country skiing or ski jumping.
      ‘Jim competes as a veteran in Nordic events in Scotland’
      Often contrasted with alpine
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today, she does no skiing but the Nordic sort, which is a wholly laudable choice.’


  • A native of Scandinavia, Finland, or Iceland.

    ‘the Nordics might share a common history, speak similar languages, enjoy the same culture’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a Nordic, he is especially good at adapting Wagner's operas into puppet shows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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’.