- in, of, to, toward, or facing the north
- from the north: a northern wind
- [N-] of or characteristic of the North
- [N-] designating or of a dialect of American English spoken in New England; N.Y.; N N.J. and Pa.; the N counties of Ohio, Ind., Ill., Iowa, and S.Dak.; and Mich., Wis., Minn., and N.Dak.
Origin of northernMiddle English northerne from Old English northerna
- Situated in, toward, or facing the north.
- Coming from the north: northern breezes.
- Native to or growing in the north.
- often Northern Of, relating to, or characteristic of northern regions or the North.
- Being north of the equator.
Origin of northernMiddle English northerne from Old English; see ner-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more northern, superlative most northern)
Middle English northerne, from Old English norÃ¾ (cognate with Old High German nordrÅni).