A boat travels the Arctic Ocean.
- Arctic is defined as a way to describe something very cold, like freezing icy temperatures or a person’s disinterested or chilly attitude.
A person who ignores another person is an example of being in an Arctic mood.
- The definition of Arctic is a name for anything associated with the North Pole region.
An example is the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole.
- An Arctic means a waterproof shoe that is worn over a regular shoe.
Putting on a pair of galoshes over tennis shoes is an example of wearing Arctics.
- of, characteristic of, or near the North Pole or the region around it
- very cold; frigid
Origin of arcticMiddle English artik from Old French artique from Classical Latin arcticus from Classical Greek arktikos, literally , of the (constellation of the) Bear (Gr arktos), northern, arctic
Origin of arcticAlteration ( influenced by Latin arcticus ) of Middle English artik northern from Medieval Latin articus from Latin arcticus from Greek arktikos from arktos bear, the northern constellation Ursa Major ; see &rlowring;tko- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more arctic, superlative most arctic)
Old French artique, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός (arktikos, “of the bear, northern”), a reference to the northerly constellation Ursa Major, from ἄρκτος (arktos, “bear”).
- A region of the Earth above the Arctic Circle, containing the North Pole.
- Like Antarctic, this word was originally pronounced without /k/, but the spelling pronunciation has become the more common one. The "c" was originally added to the spelling for etymological reasons, and its pronunciation returned thereafter.
- Of or pertaining to the Arctic.
From Old French artique (with -c- reintroduced after Latin in the 17th century), from Latin arcticus, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός (arktikos, “northern, of the (Great) Bear”), from ἄρκτος (arktos, “bear, Ursa Major”).