Definition of north noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nɔːθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɔːrθ//
    [uncountable, singular] (abbreviation N, No.)
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  1. 1  (also the north) the direction that is on your left when you watch the sun rise; one of the four main points of the compass Which way is north? cold winds coming from the north Mount Kenya is to the north of (= further north than) Nairobi. compare east, south, west see also magnetic north, true north
  2. 2  the north, the North the northern part of a country, a region or the world birds migrating from the north Houses are less expensive in the North (= of England) than in the South.
  3. 3the North the NE states of the US which fought against the South in the American Civil War
  4. 4the North the richer and more developed countries of the world, especially in Europe and N America
  5. Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch noord and German nord.
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