adjective or adverb
east·​er·​ly | \ ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce easterly (audio) \

Definition of easterly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated toward or belonging to the east the easterly shore of the lake
2 : coming from the east an easterly storm


plural easterlies

Definition of easterly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wind from the east

Examples of easterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb High pressure builds down from New England and, with an easterly wind, temperatures are slower to climb on Saturday. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 The Grecale, pronounced gre-CAH-leh, is an easterly Mediterranean wind. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 22 Mar. 2022 The main factor distinguishing this wildfire season from Oregon’s disastrous 2020 is the dry easterly wind that wreaked havoc last year. oregonlive, 12 Sep. 2021 Later Friday, the National Weather Service Tallahassee issued tornado and thunderstorm warnings for parts of southwest Georgia and Florida's panhandle as storms continued their easterly swept through the Deep South. NBC News, 18 Mar. 2022 Historically, nor'easters that move with an easterly track have brought the East Coast its heaviest snowfalls. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2022 An easterly flow off the Atlantic Ocean will interact with a stationary front to cause cloudy skies and cooler temperatures on Monday with highs in the low 60s. courant.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Easterly waves are wavelike disturbances in the easterly flow regime associated with low pressure. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 14 June 2021 One area that sticks out like a sore thumb is the Arrowhead and North Shore, where a strong easterly breeze will only allow highs to top off of the 40s. Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But their move from the southern hemisphere to the northern, and the constraining effect of high pressure over Africa, sees them twisted from south-easterlies to south-westerlies. The Economist, 27 June 2019 Pulled toward the Americas by tropical easterlies, the fine particles from Africa often reach areas as far away as Texas and the Amazon River. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2017 An unusual easterly wind gusting up to 21 mph on Friday will drop temperatures to around 67 degrees. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, 15 Mar. 2017 Tropical Wave: A trough or cyclonic curvature maximum in the trade-wind easterlies. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, 19 June 2017 Tropical Wave: A trough or cyclonic curvature maximum in the trade-wind easterlies. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, 19 June 2017 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'easterly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of easterly

Adjective or adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for easterly

Adjective or adverb

obsolete easter eastern

Learn More About easterly

Time Traveler for easterly

Time Traveler

The first known use of easterly was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near easterly



Easter mackerel

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for easterly

Last Updated

3 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Easterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easterly. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for easterly


adverb or adjective
east·​er·​ly | \ ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce easterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of easterly

1 : toward the east They sailed easterly. They sailed in an easterly direction.
2 : from the east an easterly wind

More from Merriam-Webster on easterly

Nglish: Translation of easterly for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!