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[fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoo r] /fyɔrd, fyoʊrd; Norwegian fyoʊr, fyʊər/
a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
(in Scandinavia) a bay.
Also, fiord.
Origin of fjord
< Norwegian; see firth
Related forms
fjordic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fjord
  • MY heart sank into the fjord at my first sight of the house.
  • And let's face it: nobody cares what a fjord thinks.
  • Excursion options include a cruise to an ice fjord and a helicopter tour.
  • Sheltered and fed by a kind farmer, he then swims an ice-clogged fjord.
  • Another portrayed a ship sailing head-on into a fjord between two mountain ranges.
  • So extreme is the natural architecture, in fact, that the area is often referred to as a fjord.
  • In addition, the sill prevents deep waters in the fjord from mixing with deep waters of the sea.
  • Whether you take a boat tour or kayak in a remote fjord, you will be surrounded by pristine scenery and abundant wildlife.
British Dictionary definitions for fjord


(esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action
Word Origin
C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford
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Word Origin and History for fjord

1670s, from Norwegian fiord, from Old Norse fjörðr, from North Germanic *ferthuz, from PIE *prtus, from *per- "going, passage" (see port (n.1)).

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fjord in Science
A long, narrow, deep inlet from the sea between steep slopes of a mountainous coast. Fjords usually occur where ocean water flows into valleys formed near the coast by glaciers.
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