(UK) The North of England, a cultural region.
(US) The Union during the American Civil War.
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to North
- north of
- the North
Origin of North
From Middle English, from Old English norþ, cognate with various Germanic counterparts such as Dutch noord, West Frisian noard, German Nord, Danish nord, all from a Proto-Germanic *nurþą, and cognate with Greek νέρτερος (nérteros, “infernal, lower") possibly all ultimately from a Proto-Indo-European *ner- (“left, below"), as north is to the left when one faces the rising sun.
Middle English from Old English ner-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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