north·east·ern | \ nȯrth-ˈē-stərn \

Definition of northeastern 

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated Northeast

2 : lying toward or coming from the northeast

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northeasternmost \nȯrth-ˈē-stərn-ˌmōst \ adjective

Examples of northeastern in a Sentence

the northeastern corner of the state

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Authorities have said that a mob dragged Sebastian Woodroffe by the neck to his death shortly after people accused him of killing Olivia Arevalo, an octogenarian plant healer from the Shipibo-Konibo tribe of northeastern Peru. Fox News, "Peru orders arrest of 2 suspects in Canadian man's killing," 23 Apr. 2018 But they’d been transplanted into America from conservative northeastern Nigeria, where men customarily made decisions for female relatives late into life. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "The American Ordeal of the Boko Haram Schoolgirls," 13 Apr. 2018 With Winter Storm Jonas sweeping across the northeastern parts of the country, kids are beginning to dust off their sleds for what forecasters predict is going to be a massive amount of snowfall this weekend. Alexis Hobbs, Country Living, "Watch This Determined French Bulldog Go for a Joy Ride After Stealing a Sled," 22 Jan. 2016 China would be swift to seize on any opening if North Korea lowers tensions in the hope that punishing economic sanctions would be loosened, said Guo Rui, a professor at Jilin University's School of Public Administration in northeastern China. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Canceled summit raises stakes for China over North Korea," 26 May 2018 The report alleges that thousands of women and girls were separated from their families in camps in northeastern Nigeria and abused. Sam Olukoya,, "Report: Nigerian troops raped women rescued from Boko Haram," 25 May 2018 Bombings at a mosque and a market in Nigeria’s northeastern Adamawa state left at least 27 people dead and 56 others injured, according to a government spokesman. Mustapha Muhammad,, "Suicide Bombers in Northeast Nigeria Kill at Least 27 People," 1 May 2018 In the early Cretaceous era, northeastern China was mostly forest and lake country, with a temperate climate. Stefen Chow, Smithsonian, "The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boom," 19 Apr. 2018 Fellow shopper Joe, from Shenyang, a city in northeastern China, agreed with Elaine. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Why Chinese Tourists Absolutely Love This Luxury Outlet 46 Minutes Outside London," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of northeastern

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of northeastern

: located in or toward the northeast

: of or relating to the northeast


north·east·ern | \ nȯrth-ˈē-stərn \

Kids Definition of northeastern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the Northeast northeastern forests

2 : lying toward or coming from the northeast the northeastern corner of the state

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