Definition of fjord in English:

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Pronunciation: /fēˈôrd/
Pronunciation: /fyôrd/
(also fiord)


A long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs, as in Norway and Iceland, typically formed by submergence of a glaciated valley.
Example sentences
  • The area is made up of 14 long, narrow and incredibly deep fjords formed by massive glaciers thousands of years ago.
  • The first part of the trip explores the coast, a region of emerald rain forests, deep fjords, rich sealife, and tidewater glaciers that crumble into icy seas.
  • We will apply Eskimo lotions culled from the gall bladders of unpronounceable fish that live in the deep fjords off Norway and go on weekend nature trips to the volcanic pools of Iceland.


Late 17th century: Norwegian, from Old Norse fjǫrthr. Compare with firth.

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Syllabification: fjord

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