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meanings of stern


  1. The post of management or direction.
  2. The tail of an animal; now used only of the tail of a dog.
  3. The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel.
  4. The hinder part of anything.
  5. A bird, the black tern.


  1. Grim and forbidding in appearance.
  2. Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner.


  1. A surname​.

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