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

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Clouds and a steady easterly breeze help keep us near 70 to perhaps a few mid-70s. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Periodic rain likely into the weekend, probably heaviest and most widespread today," 22 June 2018 Hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean form when easterly winds coming off the coast of Africa organize clouds into tower-like structures. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Winds Confound Scientists’ Ability to Predict Hurricane Florence," 13 Sep. 2018 The center of a cool, dry Canadian-source high pressure will move east Wednesday with easterly winds slowly shifting to the south by evening. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "After Wednesday, brace for a string of days in the 90s," 10 July 2018 During the fireworks show, an easterly breeze pushed smoke toward my location, which partially blocked the view of the fireworks for the last half of the show. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Photos: Thunderstorms fizzled and fireworks dazzled on the Fourth of July in Washington," 5 July 2018 The heat should hover over our area Memorial Day, but an easterly onshore breeze will keep readings in the 70s along the lakefront and a good portion of the city. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Memorial Day weekend could see first 90s of season," 24 May 2018 The Queen Mary 2 will follow an easterly route across the globe that starts with a trans-Atlantic sailing to Southampton, England followed by stops in Lisbon, Portugal and Naples, Italy on the way to Israel. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Cunard Line ship to go from New York to Australia and back," 11 July 2018 The counterclockwise circulation around the low pressure zone drove winds from west in the tropical Atlantic, and that weakened the easterly trade winds. Phil Klotzbach, Washington Post, "The water in the tropical Atlantic is the coldest in decades. That may stymie hurricane season.," 18 June 2018 Alberto, which formed off the Yucatan coast, also churned across the Gulf, but took a more easterly path, spreading heavy rain across much of Florida that broke a century-old rainfall record. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Odds still low for brewing storm headed toward Gulf of Mexico," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, "London’s sky turns red Monday, but we can’t blame pollution," 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, "Southwest breezes bring unseasonably balmy temps to Denver," 15 Mar. 2017 Tropical Wave: A trough or cyclonic curvature maximum in the trade-wind easterlies. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "What's the difference between a tropical cyclone and a hurricane?," 19 June 2017 Tropical Wave: A trough or cyclonic curvature maximum in the trade-wind easterlies. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "What's the difference between a tropical cyclone and a hurricane?," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of easterly

Adjective or adverb

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for easterly

Adjective or adverb

obsolete easter eastern

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English Language Learners Definition of easterly

: located or moving toward the east
: blowing from the east
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

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