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NORTHERN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Northern mean? 

NORTHERN (noun)
  The noun NORTHERN has 1 sense:

1. a dialect of Middle English that developed into Scottish Lallans

  Familiarity information: NORTHERN used as a noun is very rare.


NORTHERN (adjective)
  The adjective NORTHERN has 4 senses:

1. in or characteristic of a region of the United States north of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line
2. situated in or oriented toward the north
3. coming from the north; used especially of wind
4. situated in or coming from regions of the north

  Familiarity information: NORTHERN used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


NORTHERN (noun)


Sense 1Northern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dialect of Middle English that developed into Scottish Lallans

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("Northern" is a kind of...):

Middle English (English from about 1100 to 1450)


NORTHERN (adjective)


Sense 1northern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In or characteristic of a region of the United States north of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line

Context examples:

Northern liberals / northern industry / northern cities

Similar:

blue (used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms))

Federal; Union (being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War)

Yankee (used by Southerners for an inhabitant of a northern state in the United States (especially a Union soldier))

Attribute:

North; Union (the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War))

North (the region of the United States lying north of the Mason-Dixon line)

Antonym:

southern (in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line)


Sense 2northern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Situated in or oriented toward the north

Synonyms:

northerly; northern

Context examples:

the northern suburbs / going in a northerly direction

Similar:

north (situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north)


Sense 3northern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Coming from the north; used especially of wind

Synonyms:

northerly; northern

Context examples:

the north wind doth blow / a northern snowstorm / the winds are northerly

Similar:

north (situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north)


Sense 4northern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Situated in or coming from regions of the north

Context examples:

the northern hemisphere / northern autumn colors

Similar:

septrional (of northern regions; from the seven stars (or seven plowing oxen) of Ursa Major)

north-central (being in or of a region of the United States generally including states of the upper Mississippi valley and Great Lakes region lying north of the Ohio River and the southern boundaries of Kansas and Missouri and between the western boundary of Pennsylvania and the eastern boundaries of Montana and Wyoming and Colorado)

boreal; circumboreal (comprising or throughout far northern regions)

Attribute:

North; northland; Septentrion (any region lying in or toward the north)

Antonym:

southern (situated in or coming from regions of the south)


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