[fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoor]
a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
(in Scandinavia) a bay.
Also, fiord.

< Norwegian; see firth

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fjord or fiord (fjɔːd)
(esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action
[C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford]
fiord or fiord
[C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford]

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Word Origin & History

1670s, from Norw. fiord, from O.N. fjörðr, from N.Gmc. *ferthuz, from PIE *prtus, from *por- "going, passage" (see port (1)).
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fjord   (fyôrd)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
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.
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