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

northerly

noun
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

Confidence: Medium-High Sunday night: Any patches of clouds, along with northerly breezes, should diminish as the evening wears on. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Dangerous winds roar today and tonight; showers end with snowflakes," 2 Mar. 2018 Global warming could be leading to more northerly migrations of shark species, says Skomal. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "Should I Worry About Sharks in the Northeast?," 21 Sep. 2018 Skinny Dipping Soaking up the northerly pleasures of Lithuania’s Curonian Spit A rainy summer day in Nida. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "An Unmissable Summer Holiday in the Baltics," 22 Aug. 2018 The leaders are Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau, all of whom faced a northerly crosswind on Saturday here at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club that made the world’s best look at least somewhat silly. Matthew Gutierrez, WSJ, "U.S. Open Finale Will Be a Battle Against the Conditions," 17 June 2018 Forecast models show the storm is expected to drift in a northerly direction through Mexico and into Arizona. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "If it's June, it must be hurricane season ... in Arizona?," 12 June 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Policy CLEAR LAKE - Saturdays are probably quite peaceful on Park Center Drive in this northerly Clear Lake subdivision. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Seal swimmers post strong times in CCSL opener," 4 June 2018 The rugged stretch of coastline is regularly visited by whales, porpoises, and dolphins, and its northerly location means little light pollution (and lots of stars) at night. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Places in Ireland," 16 Mar. 2018 Panels can do their thing even with indirect sunlight, and the country’s northerly position makes for 16 hours of daytime during the summer. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Nissan's Following Tesla Into Solar Power and Home Batteries," 16 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'northerly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of northerly

Adjective or adverb

circa 1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for northerly

Adjective or adverb

north entry 3 + -erly (as in easterly)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about northerly

Share northerly

Statistics for northerly

Last Updated

6 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for northerly

The first known use of northerly was circa 1544

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for northerly

northerly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of northerly

: located in or moving toward the north
: blowing from the north
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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on northerly

Spanish Central: Translation of northerly

Nglish: Translation of northerly for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of northerly for Arabic Speakers

Comments on northerly

What made you want to look up northerly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!