north·​er·​ly | \ˈnȯr-t͟hər-lē \

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

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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 We’ve been mired in clouds and a northerly flow regime, both of which have kept temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70, or well below our seasonal averages. Rick Grow, Washington Post, "PM Update: Spotty shower/t’storm possible into tonight; partly sunny and pleasant on Monday," 6 May 2018

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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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The first known use of northerly was circa 1544

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English Language Learners Definition of northerly

: located in or moving toward the north

: blowing from the north

north·​er·​ly | \ˈnȯr-t͟hər-lē \

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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