Definition of hyperborean in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərˈbôrēən/
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərbəˈrēən/


1An inhabitant of the extreme north.
Example sentences
  • We restricted our density calculations to birds on the water, with the exception of glaucous gulls (Larus hyperborean).
1.1 (Hyperborean) Greek Mythology A member of a race worshiping Apollo and living in a land of sunshine and plenty beyond the north wind.
Example sentences
  • He is cast or casts himself on a pyre, but is miraculously saved by Apollo and translated to the land of the Hyperboreans.
  • The Scythians and the Hyperboreans (sometimes the Aethiopians) were the noble savages of the Ancients.
  • This island is inhabited by the Hyperboreans there is also on the island a magnificent sacred precinct of Apollo.


Relating to the extreme north.
Example sentences
  • Its grid plan, zoned districts and splendid Nevsky Prospect created a strange kind of hyperborean vertigo in those who contemplated it.
  • After hearing a glopping sound hit the snow covered ground, Hugh's skinless face begins scanning the hyperborean terrain for his epidermal layer.
  • The streets are quite chilled, inside my head is brisk at best and the beat, well, the beat is positively hyperborean.


Late Middle English: from late Latin hyperboreanus, from Greek huperboreos, from huper 'beyond' + boreas 'north wind'.

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Syllabification: hy·per·bo·re·an

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