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Definition of Stern


  1. The black tern.
  2. 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. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.
  4. The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.
  5. Fig.: The post of management or direction.
  6. The hinder part of anything.
  7. The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog.
  8. Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.

Stern Quotations

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. - Saint Teresa of Avila
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
Saint Teresa of Avila

Blue is the male principle, stern and spiritual. Yellow the female principle, gentle, cheerful and sensual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the colour which must be fought and vanquished by the other two.
Franz Marc

I studied voice at Yale with Blake Stern from the music school, and he had me singing German lieder and Italian songs.
Michael Cerveris

False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.
Charles de Montesquieu

From 1985 to 1994, I lived in Manhattan in a big old loft right off Times Square. I could walk to work, which was in a couple of Broadway theaters, to Howard Stern's studio, and to 30 Rock for 'Letterman' and 'SNL.' Even in New York, walking to work is homey and folksy, like living in a small town.
Penn Jillette
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Stern Translations

stern in Danish is agterstavn
stern in Dutch is achtersteven, spiegel
stern in French is poupe
stern in German is ernst, Heck
stern in Italian is poppa
stern in Latin is austerus
stern in Portuguese is popa
stern in Spanish is popa
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