see also: Stern
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stern (comparative sterner, superlative sternest)

  1. Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner.
    • 1593, [William Shakespeare], Venvs and Adonis, London: Imprinted by Richard Field, […], OCLC 837166078 ↗, [verse 17 ↗]; 2nd edition, London: Imprinted by Richard Field, […], 1594, OCLC 701755207 ↗, lines [97–100]:
      I haue beene wooed, as I intreat thee now, / Euen by the ſterne, and direfull God of warre, / VVhoſe sinewy#English|ſinowie necke in battel ne'er#English|nere did bow, / VVho conquers where he comes in euery jar#English|iarre; {{...}
    • stern as tutors, and as uncles hard
  2. Grim and forbidding in appearance.
    • these barren rocks, your stern inheritance
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stern (plural sterns)

  1. (nautical) The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel.
  2. (figurative) The post of management or direction.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      and sit chiefest stern of public weal
  3. The hinder part of anything.
  4. The tail of an animal; now used only of the tail of a dog.
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stern (plural sterns)

  1. A bird, the black tern.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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