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

Definition of northeasterly

1 : from the northeast
2 : toward the northeast

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The smoke plume, being blown downwind by the strong northeasterly Santa Ana winds, stretched more than 300 miles out over the Pacific Ocean. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Photo: Southern California is at war with wildfire," 8 Dec. 2017 Farther to the west, the weather service in Mobile said to expect gusty northerly to northeasterly winds Sunday and Monday. Leada Gore,, "Hurricane Irma: Alabama's other storm evacuees - helicopters," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of northeasterly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of northeasterly

: located in or moving toward the northeast
: blowing from the northeast


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

Kids Definition of northeasterly

1 : from the northeast northeasterly winds
2 : toward the northeast a northeasterly direction

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