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[nawr-th ern] /ˈnɔr ðərn/

lying toward or situated in the .
directed or proceeding northward.
coming from the , as a wind.
(often initial capital letter) of or relating to the North, especially the northern U.S.
Astronomy. of the celestial equator or of the zodiac:
a northern constellation.
a person living in a northern region or country.
(initial capital letter) a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a four-wheeled rear truck.
situated in or towards the north: northern towns
directed or proceeding towards the north: a northern flow of traffic
(esp of winds) proceeding from the north
(sometimes capital) of, relating to, or characteristic of the north or North
(sometimes capital) (astronomy) north of the celestial equator

Old English norþerna, norðerne “northern, Northumbrian, Scandinavian,” cognate with Old High German nordroni, Old Norse norroenn (see north). With -erne, suffix denoting direction. Related: Northernmost. Northerner in U.S. geo-political sense is attested from 1831. Northern lights “aurora borealis” first recorded by that name 1721 (earlier north-light, 1706).


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