Meaning of NORTHERN in English


I. R ˈnȯrthərn sometimes -thən, - R ˈnȯ(ə)thən adjective

Etymology: Middle English northerne, from Old English; akin to Old High German nordrōni northern, Old Norse norrœnn Norwegian; derivative from the root of English north (I)

1. often capitalized

a. : of, relating to, originating or dwelling in, or characteristic of a region (as of the United States or England) conventionally designated North

northern factories

the northern autumn

b. : of, relating to, or typical of northern dialect


a. : lying toward the north

the northern lakes

northern suburbs

b. : coming from the north

a northern snowstorm

3. of a sign of the zodiac : situated north of the equator

II. noun

( -s )

1. usually capitalized : an inhabitant of the North : northerner

2. or northern dialect usually capitalized N : the dialect of English spoken in the part of the United States that lies north of a line running northwest from central New Jersey across the northern tier of counties in Pennsylvania and through northern Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois

3. : pike IV 1a

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