north·​west | \ nȯrth-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio) , nautical nȯr-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio) \

Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to, toward, or in the northwest



Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : coming from the northwest a northwest wind
2 : situated toward or at the northwest the northwest corner



Definition of northwest (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : the general direction between north and west
b : the point midway between the north and west compass points
2 capitalized : regions or countries lying to the northwest of a specified or implied point of orientation

North West

geographical name
variants: or Noordwes \ ˌnȯrd-​ˈwes How to pronounce North West (audio) , ˌnȯrt-​ \

Definition of North West (Entry 4 of 4)

province of the northern part of the Republic of South Africa bordering Botswana area 44,861 square miles (116,190 square kilometers), population 3,509,953

Examples of northwest in a Sentence

Adverb It's about 80 miles northwest of here. I headed northwest on Route 1. Adjective the northwest corner of the building Noun A mountain range is in the northwest of the country. We traveled throughout the Northwest.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Integrity Marketing Group is moving from the Cypress Waters development northwest of Dallas. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 23 June 2021 Fire crews have begun to bulldoze fire lines to protect the private property northwest outside the wilderness as winds move in that direction. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 22 June 2021 The Yellow River Stone Forest where the marathon took place is a jumble of mountains and reddish rock structures that stretch skyward on the edge of the desert, a roughly 10-hour drive northwest of the city of Xi’an. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, 24 May 2021 McDonald-Eckersall began protesting at a McDonald's distribution center at Hemel Hempstead, a town northwest of London, at 5 a.m. local time (midnight ET). Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, 22 May 2021 On Sunday, the Palisades Fire northwest of Santa Monica spread in cool, humid breezes from the ocean — an indication of how flammable the landscape is. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 The Zagros mountains, in Western Iran, stretch for nearly 1,000 miles, from the sands of the Persian Gulf northwest along the modern border with Iraq and Turkey, separating the plains of Mesopotamia from the expanse of the Iranian plateau. Emily Garthwaite; Text By Arik Gabbai, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021 Perhaps the most famous such bridge is in the city of Zhangjiajie northwest of China’s Hunan Province, which hangs a vertigo-inducing 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the ground and stretches for 1,400 feet (430 meters) between two cliff faces. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Trace Pigott was taken into custody in New Orleans after a man police identified as Jason Baglio was found shot multiple times early Saturday morning in Denham Springs, northwest of the city, FOX 8 in New Orleans reported. Fox News, 9 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Buss was struck by the freight train on the bridge at the northwest corner of Big Willow Park north of Minnetonka Boulevard and west of Hopkins Crossroad, the examiner's office said. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 Out-of-town developers paid $850,000 for 10 acres at the northwest corner of Ala. 181 and Baldwin County 32 in Fairhope, according to court records. Kathy Jumper, al, 18 July 2021 Chris Thomas - hit on a unique conceptual theme, blending scary movies and good food for the restaurant at the northwest corner of Cedar and S. Taylor roads. Michael Norman, cleveland, 16 July 2021 High Country is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the northwest corner of the state, near the Tennessee and Virginia lines. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 The Legacy Group, a local development company, is selling nearly 20 acres to Costco at the northwest corner of Queen Creek and Ellsworth roads, according to Carson Brown, president of The Legacy Group. Camryn Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2021 The rolling farmland in this northwest corner of Georgia has never lent itself to the plantation agriculture that once dominated other parts of the South. New York Times, 4 July 2021 The oldest photo was identified as a view of the northwest corner of Main Plaza by Tom Shelton, photo curator of the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 3 July 2021 After a month without a board member, Precinct 1 in the northwest corner of Utah’s capital city is represented by Bryce Williams, a native of the Rose Park neighborhood. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Travelers along highway 56 northwest of New Harmony/West of Cedar City, expect ping pong ball sized hail and wind gusts of up to 60 mph with this now Severe thunderstorm. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 July 2021 In Sonora, motorists can also travel freely through the northwest of the state. Alfredo García And Nadia Cantú, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2021 The family plans a funeral and burial with full military honors Saturday in Akeley, a city of 450 northwest of Brainerd. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 Tropical Storm Elsa has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, and is 50 miles south-southwest of Cedar Key and 70 miles west-northwest of Tampa while moving north at 14 mph, the NHC said in its 5 a.m. update. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 7 July 2021 After the shooting, the school tweeted that there were no credible threats to campus, which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of downtown Atlanta. Fox News, 4 July 2021 Ohio State University’s airport northwest of campus should continue to remain exempt from local property taxes, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 1 July 2021 Five months before, as an egg, Snowflake had been flown more than 6000 kilometers on a commercial airline—in economy plus seating—from Midway Atoll northwest of Hawaii to the remote Guadalupe Island in Mexico. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, 29 June 2021 Temperatures Saturday were as much as 35 degrees above normal across a swath of the northwest stretching from Oregon to British Columbia and from the Pacific coast to parts of Idaho. Washington Post, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of northwest


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Northwest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the northwest



English Language Learners Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 3)

: located in the northwest
: blowing from the northwest



English Language Learners Definition of northwest (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction between north and west
: the northwestern part of a country or region especially : the northwestern part of the U.S.


north·​west | \ nȯrth-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio) \

Kids Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the direction between north and west It's northwest of here.



Kids Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the northwest a northwest wind



Kids Definition of northwest (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction between north and west
2 capitalized : regions or countries northwest of a point that is mentioned or understood

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