north·ern / ˈnôr[voicedth]ərn/ • adj. 1. situated in the north, or directed toward or facing the north: the northern slopes | northern Europe. ∎ (of a wind) blowing from the north.2. living in or originating from the north: northern breeds of cattle. ∎ of, relating to, or characteristic of the north or its inhabitants: an unmistakable northern accent.DERIVATIVES: north·ern·most / -ˌmōst/ adj.