Definitions of stern

  1. United States concert violinist ( born in Russia in 1920)
  2. The black tern.
  3. The after or rear part of a vessel.
  4. The hindpart of a vessel.
  5. The hinder part of a ship.
  6. The aft part of a ship, boat, etc.
  7. The hind part of a ship.
  8. The after- part of a ship.
  9. Sternly.
  10. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; " an austere expression"; " a stern face"
  11. not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty; " grim determination"; " grim necessity"; " Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; " relentless persecution"; " the stern demands of parenthood"
  12. ( nautical) pertaining to the after part of a vessel
  13. 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.
  14. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.
  15. The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.
  16. Fig.: The post of management or direction.
  17. The hinder part of anything.
  18. The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog.
  19. Severe or harsh in disposition or character; strict; proceeding from such a nature; hard; as, a stern command or look; firm; rigid; unyielding; as, stern discipline; forbidding; as, a stern, rocky coast.
  20. Severe of countenance, manner, or feeling: austere: harsh: unrelenting: steadfast.
  21. Hinder; aft.
  22. Severe; austere; unrelenting; rigid.
  23. Marked by severity; repelling.
  24. Severe in expression; austere; severe of manner; harsh; rigidly steadfast; immovable; unrelenting.
  25. Severe in countenance, in manners, or in feelings; harsh; unrelenting.