- 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.
A boat travels the Arctic Ocean.
- 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”).