Definition of Stern

1. Noun. The rear part of a ship.

Exact synonyms: After Part, Poop, Quarter, Tail
Terms within: Escutcheon, Skeg
Generic synonyms: Back, Rear
Group relationships: Ship

2. Adjective. Of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect. "A stern face"
Exact synonyms: Austere
Similar to: Nonindulgent, Strict
Derivative terms: Austereness

3. Noun. United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920).
Exact synonyms: Isaac Stern
Geographical relationships: Russia, Soviet Union, Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics, Ussr
Generic synonyms: Fiddler, Violinist

4. Adjective. Not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty. "The stern demands of parenthood"

5. Noun. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on. "Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
Exact synonyms: Arse, Ass, Backside, Behind, Bottom, Bum, Buns, Butt, Buttocks, Can, Derriere, Fanny, Fundament, Hind End, Hindquarters, Keister, Nates, Posterior, Prat, Rear, Rear End, Rump, Seat, Tail, Tail End, Tooshie, Tush
Generic synonyms: Body Part
Group relationships: Body, Torso, Trunk
Derivative terms: Posterior

6. Adjective. Severe and unremitting in making demands. "Strict standards"
Exact synonyms: Exacting, Strict
Similar to: Demanding
Derivative terms: Sternness, Strictness

7. Adjective. Severely simple. "A stark interior"
Exact synonyms: Austere, Severe, Stark
Similar to: Plain
Derivative terms: Austereness, Severeness, Starkness, Sternness

Definition of Stern

1. n. The black tern.

2. a. Having a certain hardness or severity of nature, manner, or aspect; hard; severe; rigid; rigorous; austere; fixed; unchanging; unrelenting; hence, serious; resolute; harsh; as, a sternresolve; a stern necessity; a stern heart; a stern gaze; a stern decree.

3. n. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.

4. a. Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.

Definition of Stern

1. Adjective. having a hardness and severity of nature or manner ¹

2. Adjective. grim and forbidding in appearance ¹

3. Noun. (nautical) The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel. ¹

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Definition of Stern

1. unyielding [adj STERNER, STERNEST] / the rear part of a ship [n -S] - See also: unyielding

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stern

sterling area
sterling bloc
sterling silver
stern (current term)
stern chaser
stern chasers

Literary usage of Stern

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"stern has published many vocal pieces and arrangements, but his most enduring work ... In 1874 ill-health obliged stern to retire from the conductorship, ..."

2. American Jewish Year Book by American Jewish Committee, Jewish Publication Society of America (1902)
"W., 161 W. 86th stern, Gus, 687 Broadway stern, H., 19 W. 89th stern, HB, 133 E. 80th stern, Jacob, Hotel St. Lorenz stern, JS, 82 E. 108th stern, Leopold, ..."

3. American Jewish Year Book by American Jewish Committee, Jewish Publication Society of America (1912)
"5:tO Spruce stern. Israel. 1935 N. ll-'th stern, Mrs. Jennie 817 South stern, Julius, 1214 Orkney stern, Lafayette, 1846 N. I9th stern. Louis. ..."

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