northwest

1 of 3

adverb

north·​west nȯrth-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio)
nautical
nȯr-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio)
: to, toward, or in the northwest

northwest

2 of 3

adjective

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

northwest

3 of 3

noun

1
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
Charles, 75, was heard at a traditional Maundy Thursday service at Worcester Cathedral, near Birmingham in the West Midlands, some 130 miles northwest of London. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 28 Mar. 2024 Temperatures will be 3 to 7 degrees below normal, with highs ranging from the mid- to upper 40s northwest to the mid to upper 50s southeast. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 27 Mar. 2024 The charges stem from the 2012 fatal shooting of 34-year-old Julio Torres in the parking lot of a diner in West Reading, a borough of Berks County located about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 The winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in Sun Valley, about 17 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, lottery officials said. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 24 Mar. 2024 The site, about 75 miles northwest of London, drew the ‘British Pompeii’ moniker because, after a fire about a year after the village was built, the platforms holding it sunk into the riverbed. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 20 Mar. 2024 On March 15, authorities conducted a search at a location in Cumberland, Md., about 140 miles northwest of Baltimore. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 An area resident hunting for mushrooms reportedly found his body near a roadway in a heavily wooded area in the 7000 block of East Holder Road in Washington County, 25 miles northwest of Louisville. The Courier-Journal, 15 Mar. 2024 The caravan proceeded northwest, toward Raqqa, and finally arrived at a checkpoint of the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024
Adjective
Before that, mid-60s most spots for highs — maybe low 60s northwest and upper 60s south. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 Afterward, Saturday will be cloudy and breezy, with cold, northwest winds up to 20 mph, VanCleve said. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2024 Partial eclipses will be seen across the entirety of North America, save for northwest Alaska and parts of Yukon and the Northwest Territories. George Dvorsky / Gizmodo, Quartz, 28 Mar. 2024 Most can be tied back to at least one northwest Indiana gun retailer. Vernal Coleman, ProPublica, 27 Mar. 2024 Voters in his northwest San Fernando Valley district reelected Lee to another four-year term earlier this month. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 Temperatures will be near to slightly below normal during the afternoon with northwest winds preventing any significant warm-up. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 26 Mar. 2024 The fatal crash took place in northwest Florida less than 24 hours before the woman's baby shower was set to occur and also sent seven others to hospitals. USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 The sprawling 561-acre park is nestled near the Chattahoochee National Forest in northwest Georgia and offers a variety of activities including camping, boating, birding and hiking. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 4 Mar. 2024
Noun
Wilkes-Barre is about a 110-mile drive northwest of Philadelphia. Mike Stunson, Miami Herald, 1 Apr. 2024 The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is about a 60-mile drive northwest of Salt Lake City. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 31 Mar. 2024 Lehighton is a roughly 80-mile drive northwest from Philadelphia. Mitchell Willetts, Kansas City Star, 27 Mar. 2024 Multiple videos posted on social media and verified by The New York Times show several people entering the venue, Crocus City Hall — a sprawling shopping and entertainment complex in suburban Krasnogorsk, northwest of Moscow — and firing rifles. Anton Troianovski Valerie Hopkins Anton Troianovski Julian E. Barnes Julian E. Barnes Paul Sonne Valerie Hopkins Anton Troianovski Ivan Nechepurenko Alina Lobzina Constant Méheut Yonette Joseph Yonette Joseph Anton Troianovski Alina Lobzina Neil MacFarquhar Ivan Nechepurenko Ivan Nechepurenko Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Lows will range from the upper 20s northwest to near 40 southeast. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 22 Mar. 2024 Estes Park Your journey northwest continues to Estes Park, the first destination on this route wholly within the Rocky Mountains. Adam Lapetina, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2024 An area resident hunting for mushrooms reportedly found his body near a roadway in a heavily wooded area in the 7000 block of East Holder Road Washington County, northwest of Louisville, Kentucky. The Indianapolis Star, 15 Mar. 2024 About a half to three-quarters of an inch of rain could fall in many spots locally, with totals up to an inch west or northwest of the immediate area. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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

Noun

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of northwest was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Northwest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/northwest. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

northwest

1 of 3 adverb
north·​west nȯrth-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio)
nautical
nȯr-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio)
: to or toward the northwest

northwest

2 of 3 noun
1
: the direction between north and west
2
capitalized : the regions or countries northwest of a point that is mentioned or understood

northwest

3 of 3 adjective
1
: coming from the northwest
a northwest wind
2
: placed or lying toward or at the northwest
the northwest corner

Geographical Definition

North West

geographical name

variants or Noordwes
ˌnȯrd-ˈwes How to pronounce North West (audio)
ˌnȯrt-
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

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