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 Then came his ravishing Geological Section from London to Snowdon (1817), demonstrating the easterly tilt of strata across the country. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, "The Reader of Rocks," 23 Feb. 2021 Temperatures in the metro area were in the mid-to-high 30s at about 5 a.m., but the National Weather Service expects easterly winds to increase and temperature to decrease over the course of the day. oregonlive, "Portland Thursday weather: Rain early, then snow expected through Saturday," 11 Feb. 2021 Driven by the same stiff easterly winds that bellowed fires up and down the west side of the Cascades in Oregon, the Slater fire pushed northwest across the state line and into Oregon’s Illinois Valley. oregonlive, "New lawsuit filed against PacifiCorp alleging negligence in Slater fire," 14 Jan. 2021 Such a track allows the easterly and southerly flow to push the rain-snow line well west of the city. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Heavy snow expected in D.C. region’s far western areas Wednesday, a messy mix elsewhere," 14 Dec. 2020 The heavy snowfall paired with easterly winds of 20 to 35 mph and gusts up to 57 mph at the ridgetop, the center said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Avalanche danger is high from Girdwood to Seward Sunday, officials say," 10 Jan. 2021 The researchers also identified the antibodies among donors in more easterly states in early January. Popular Science, "COVID-19 may have been circulating in the U.S. as early as last year," 4 Dec. 2020 The warmth slowly begins to return Wednesday afternoon when the winds shift more easterly and temperatures reach the low 70s. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "Don’t tuck away those jackets yet, South Florida’s coldest air is yet to come," 1 Dec. 2020 Moments later, hit by an easterly gust, the canoe capsized. Joe Friedrichs Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Indiana man's absence on holiday is piercing reminder of death in the BWCA," 26 Nov. 2020 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, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 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, "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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“Easterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easterly. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of easterly

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


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

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