adjective or adverb
north·​er·​ly | \ ˈnȯr-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce northerly (audio) \

Definition of northerly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated toward or belonging to the north the northerly border
2 : coming from the north a northerly wind


plural northerlies

Definition of northerly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wind from the north

Examples of northerly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb Perched in the northerly Linyanti Concession along its namesake river, DumaTau is Wilderness Safaris' latest addition to its portfolio. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 At the northerly tip of the Philippine island of Palawan, El Nido is the ideal base for a diving adventure. Joe Minihane, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 Hours later on Monday morning, that moisture will combine with a northerly system and open up the skies over Houston, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) in League City. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 18 Mar. 2022 Tonight: Winds slowly subside toward merely 20 mph northerly gusts as the evening wears on. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 Shares in Jinzhou Port, China's most northerly seaport with direct shipping routes to Russia, has shot up 94% on the Shanghai Stock Exchange since Feb. 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine. Laura He, CNN, 8 Mar. 2022 The journey, made two to three times daily, connects Westray, an island on the edge of Scotland's northerly Orkney archipelago, to the smaller, even more remote island of Papa Westray. Barry Neild, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 Again, the afternoon may be breezy with winds under a northerly flow. oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2021 Heading into Aniak, his team got turned around by northerly winds and started going backward. Greg Kim, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of northerly

Adjective or adverb

circa 1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for northerly

Adjective or adverb

north entry 3 + -erly (as in easterly)

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11 May 2022

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“Northerly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for northerly


adjective or adverb
north·​er·​ly | \ ˈnȯr-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce northerly (audio) \

Kids Definition of northerly

1 : from the north a northerly wind
2 : toward the north a northerly city We sailed northerly.


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