1898, from Fr. nordique
(in J. Deniker's system of race classifications), lit. "of or pertaining to the north," from nord
"north" (a loan-word from O.E.; see north
). Perhaps influenced by Ger. Nordisch.
Strictly, the blond peoples who inhabit Scandinavia and the north of Britain. As a type of skiing competition, it is attested from 1954.