Meaning of “Arctic” in the English Dictionary

"Arctic" in British English

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uk /ˈɑːk.tɪk/ us /ˈɑːrk.tɪk/
the Arctic

geography the very cold area around the North Pole:

Polar bears live in the Arctic.


also arctic uk /ˈɑːk.tɪk/ us /ˈɑːrk.tɪk/

(Definition of “Arctic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"arctic" in American English

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us /ˈɑrk·tɪk/

extremely cold:

Arctic air stung New England with freezing temperatures.

Arcticnoun [ U ]

us /ˈɑrk·tɪk/

the large and extremely cold area around the North Pole:

The Arctic is not a barren wasteland.

(Definition of “arctic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)