Meaning of stern

stern

Pronunciation: (stûrn), [key]
— -er, -est.
  1. firm, strict, or uncompromising: stern discipline.
  2. hard, harsh, or severe: a stern reprimand.
  3. rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character: stern times.
  4. grim or forbidding in aspect: a stern face.

stern

Pronunciation: (stûrn), [key]
— n.
  1. the after part of a vessel (often opposed to stem).
  2. the back or rear of anything.
  3. (cap.)the constellation Puppis.
  4. the tail of a hound.

Stern

Pronunciation: (stûrn), [key]
— n.
  1. born 1920, U.S. violinist, born in Russia.
  2. 1888–1969, U.S. physicist, born in Germany: Nobel prize 1943.

stern-

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. var. ofbefore a vowel: sternite.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: