WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
arc•tic /ˈɑrktɪk, ˈɑrtɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. Geography(often: Arctic) of, relating to, or located at or near the North Pole: the arctic region.
  2. Geographycoming from the North Pole or the arctic region: an arctic wind.
  3. Meteorologyextremely cold;
    frigid:an arctic winter.
  4. extremely cold in character:an arctic smile.
  5. designed for use in extremely cold conditions:[before a noun]arctic clothing.

n. [proper noun;  the + ~;
often: Arctic]
  1. Geographythe region lying north of the Arctic Circle.
arc•ti•cal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
arc•tic  (ärktik or, esp. for 7, ärtik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Geography(often cap.) of, pertaining to, or located at or near the North Pole:the arctic region.
  2. Geographycoming from the North Pole or the arctic region:an arctic wind.
  3. Meteorologycharacteristic of the extremely cold, snowy, windy weather north of the Arctic Circle;
    frigid;
    bleak:an arctic winter.
  4. Clothingsuitable for use in the arctic:arctic boots.
  5. extremely cold in manner, atmosphere, etc.:a look of arctic disdain.

n. 
  1. Geography(often cap.) the region lying north of the Arctic Circle or of the northernmost limit of tree growth;
    the polar area north of the timber line.
  2. Clothingarctics, warm, waterproof overshoes.
arcti•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Latin
  • Middle French artique
  • Greek arktikós northern, literally, of the Bear, equivalent. to árkt(os) bear (see Ursa Major) + -ikos -ic; replacing Middle English artik
  • Latin arcticus
  • 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

arctic /ˈɑːktɪk/ adj
  1. of or relating to the Arctic: arctic temperatures
  2. informal cold; freezing: the weather at Christmas was arctic
n
  1. (modifier) designed or suitable for conditions of extreme cold: arctic clothing
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos northern, literally: pertaining to (the constellation of) the Bear, from arktos bear



Arctic /ˈɑːktɪk/ n
  1. the Arctic, Arctic Zonethe regions north of the Arctic Circle
adj
  1. of or relating to the regions north of the Arctic Circle



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