Stern - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stɜːrn|  American pronunciation of the word stern
Brit.  |stəːn|  British pronunciation of the word stern


- the rear part of a ship (syn: poop, quarter, tail)
- United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
- the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on (syn: arse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rump, seat, tail, tooshie, tush)


- of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect(syn: austere)
- not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty(syn: grim, inexorable, relentless, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting)
- severe and unremitting in making demands(syn: exacting, strict)
- severely simple (syn: austere, severe, stark)


He gave me a stern look.

...the army post's stern commander always had the utmost respect of those who served under him...

'Wait!' I shouted in my sternest voice.

His actions have earned him stern rebukes from human-rights organizations.

She issued a stern warning against making changes too quickly.

a mild reprimand, not a stern one

She boomed commands from the stern of the ship.

...always a stern disciplinarian, our father birched anyone who talked back...

The coach was a stern, wise father figure to his players.

...the stern mien of the librarian suggested that she was not one to put up with any nonsense...

a leader with a stern and resolute manner

Soon the ship was alight from stem to stern.

Stern put Travis in charge of (=gave him control of) the research team.

Stern's performance of the Bruch concerto

He received a stern rebuke from the manager.

Word forms

singular: stern
plural: sterns
comparative: sterner
superlative: sternest
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