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



BrE BrE//stɜːn//
; NAmE NAmE//stɜːrn//
Parts of boats and ships
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  • the back end of a ship or boat compare bow1, poop See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  • Word Originnoun Middle English: probably from Old Norse stjórn ‘steering’, from stýra ‘to steer’.Idioms all the way from the front of a ship to the back
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stern