Definition of northern in English:

northern

adjective

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

    ‘the northern slopes’
    ‘northern Europe’
    • ‘Situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is in easy reach of the wonders of nature.’
    • ‘In reality, it is a long, slightly bent collection of broken reefs surrounding a sheltered lagoon towards the northern end.’
    • ‘This tour is centred around the small village of Apriltsi, in the northern slopes of the Balkan mountains.’
    • ‘The site chosen is located against the northern slope of the Old Fort in Johannesburg.’
    • ‘The road was widened and a roundabout installed on the northern end to direct traffic down to Finisklin.’
    • ‘This is where the green belt begins, the northern slopes rolling down to form the edge of Epping Forest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More importantly, the Skemp site is situated near the northern edge of this sample area.’
    • ‘He advocated the idea of a Greater Macedonia, extending towards northern Greece.’
    • ‘It was situated towards the northern end of the forest, a mile or so from the outskirts of the town of Lariat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spots of snow still lurk on northern slopes while glacial lilies unfurl in patches of sunlight.’
    • ‘In the afternoon, we went on a tour of the United Nations offices, located towards the northern end of the city.’
    • ‘The northern entrance is situated right next to the recently opened Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.’
    • ‘Wismar, in northern Germany, is situated on an inlet of the Baltic Sea.’
    • ‘It is a lovely circuit of Lingmoor Fell, so called because of the abundance of heather on its northern slopes.’
    • ‘The main public space is placed towards the northern edge of the site.’
    • ‘The current situation is that the northern half of Gladstone Road, Russell Road and Palmerston Road are all shared use bays.’
    • ‘My own experience with men on the street in northern India is direct.’
    northern, northerly, northwardly, arctic, polar
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    1. 1.1(of a wind) blowing from the north.
      • ‘A slightly chilly northern breeze was blowing but Jo had seen it wise to bring a jacket with him.’
      • ‘It was light, dark, with beautiful white sails undulating in the northern wind.’
      • ‘I must have been shaking like a leaf in the northern wind for he took me tight in his arms, saying nothing.’
      • ‘The northern wind neared the top of the cliff and sped up, always gaining momentum.’
      • ‘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 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 town's location ensures that it catches most of the day's sun and is sheltered from northern winds by sharply rising fells.’
  • 2Living in or originating from the north.

    ‘northern breeds of cattle’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also persists most famously among that other northern breed, the Highland.’
    • ‘Crucially they lacked the raw football bred into the county's northern teams.’
    • ‘Along with many local cattle dealers there were many northern buyers, many of whom resided in Collooney then.’
    • ‘Mercury thereby gets into the food chain and jeopardizes the health of northern inhabitants.’
    1. 2.1Relating to or characteristic of the north or its inhabitants.
      ‘an unmistakable northern accent’
      • ‘A clumsy man with a broad northern accent, Paley delighted in fishing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The son of a Burnley mill worker and window cleaner, Salmon has not lost his northern accent.’
      • ‘Wylie is 6ft 1ins tall of medium build with short fair hair and a soft 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.’
      • ‘In fact, I overheard a woman with a northern accent compare the range of crisps on sale with the selection at Erith.’
      • ‘He spoke with a northern accent and wore a blue short sleeved shirt and blue jeans.’
      • ‘Normal people just don't trust anyone who speaks with a northern accent.’
      • ‘Conor and Tiernan are intrigued to see Northern Ireland, or Norn Iron as they pronounce it, mimicking a northern accent.’
      • ‘He always accentuated his northern twang when he was up from university.’
      • ‘Many of the songs are love letters to the Prairies and northern living in general.’
      • ‘Lancashire-born, he says he sees the role as a great opportunity to use his native northern accent.’
      • ‘His top may have had a logo on the chest, and he spoke with a northern accent.’
      • ‘This feels like a day out and I like the way it's got a northern character.’
      • ‘He wore a black donkey jacket and black bobble hat and spoke with a northern accent.’
      • ‘He is white, of heavy build, with brown eyes and black collar length hair who spoke with a northern accent.’
      • ‘I speak with a northern accent and sometimes even in dialect.’

Origin

Old English northerne (see north, -ern).

Pronunciation:

northern

/ˈnôrT͟Hərn/