Other forms: fjords

A fjord is a long, narrow strip of sea that falls between tall cliffs. If you’re traveling in Norway you might be amazed by the rocky cliffs surrounding the deep water of a fjord.

A fjord is formed when a slow moving glacier carves out a valley in the earth that then becomes flooded by ocean water. Tall cliffs surrounding a narrow band of water make fjords look very dramatic. Fjords are common in countries like Norway, Iceland, and Greenland. The word fjord gets its looks from its Norwegian origins. Pronounce this funny looking word with a long “e” sound and the accent on the first syllable: “FEE-ord.”

Definitions of fjord
  1. noun
    a long narrow inlet of the sea between steep cliffs; common in Norway
    synonyms: fiord
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    Trondheim Fiord
    a long narrow inlet of the Norwegian Sea
    type of:
    inlet, recess
    an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
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