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

Example Sentences

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
The immediate trigger for the demonstrations, which were also seen at universities in Beijing, Xi’an and Nanjing on Saturday, was a deadly fire in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, in China’s far northwest on Thursday. Lily Kuo, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2022 For example, the gift includes Braque’s brilliantly colorful 1906 painting of a harbor at l’Estaque, northwest of Marseilles on the French Riviera. Steven Litt, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 While holding off Russia in Bakhmut, the Ukrainians are pushing to retake Svatove and Kreminna on the western edge of the Luhansk region, and recently reported the capture of Stelmakhivka, northwest of Svatove. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2022 The crash happened at about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 54 northeast of Dalhart, about 70 miles northwest of Amarillo, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement. CBS News, 7 Oct. 2022 The former elastic mill in this small town northwest of Boston looks like a relic, a labyrinth of creaking hallways, staircases, and dead-ends, badly in need of a paint job. Andrew Brinker, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2022 The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Monday the fire happened early Sunday at a trailer home in Springdale, about 145 miles northwest of Little Rock. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the fire happened early Sunday at a trailer home in Springdale, about 145 miles northwest of Little Rock. Fox News, 25 July 2022 Satellite images from a town northwest of Kyiv appear to show the devastation of the Russian invasion, with numerous buildings and homes that have been damaged or destroyed and multiple structures in flames. NBC News, 15 Mar. 2022
Adjective
Last month, the supervisors entered an exclusive negotiating agreement with Century Housing to build 300 units of homeless and affordable housing on a former laboratory site at the northwest corner of the village. Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2022 The 11-acre site is at the northwest corner of Route 31 and West Washington Street adjacent to Oswego Village Hall. Linda Girardi, Chicago Tribune, 27 Nov. 2022 The lighting of a 25-foot-tall tree with 28,800 LED lights takes place at 5:45 p.m. on the plaza at the northwest corner of Memorial Park, 373 Park Way. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2022 The northwest corner of the state has a 33 to 40 percent chance of having above-average temperatures. Leigh Morgan, al, 21 Nov. 2022 Work continues at Starbucks, which sits at the northwest corner of the parking lot, and at the new ALDI grocery story to the east of Big Lots. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 IndiCap, the developers of The Ranch, are requesting to rezone a plot of land along the northwest corner at Power and Warner roads to increase the acreage of light industrial use there. Maritza Dominguez, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 There are a handful of breweries in the northwest corner of Houston, inside the 610 Loop, close to the Loop, and farther afield. Emma Balter, Chron, 14 Nov. 2022 In the northwest corner of Indiana, Democratic first-term Rep. Frank Mrvan is facing a challenge from Iraq combat veteran Jennifer-Ruth Green, a Republican. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022
Noun
Tom Johnston grew up in the Pinedale area and then moved one county to the northwest to be a ski patroller at Jackson Hole. Brandon Loomis, AZCentral.com, 20 Nov. 2022 Winds turn back to the northwest as another cold front slips through. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2022 About 330 miles to the northwest, in the center of Madagascar, the hilly capital, Antananarivo, has weathered mudslides and flooding as storms have become more severe. Lynsey Chutel Joao Silva, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2022 The town, which lies around 30 miles to the northwest of the Ukrainian capital, was besieged by Russian forces in the early weeks of the Feb. 24 invasion and subjected to aerial bombardment. Victoria Bisset, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2022 Forecasters expect the storm to turn west this morning before shifting to the northwest on Thursday. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 9 Nov. 2022 The Fort Lauderdale area and the rest of South Florida are under tropical storm warnings for Hurricane Ian, which is forecast to pass to the northwest of the region on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. David Schutz, Sun Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2022 The hurricane center said that on the forecast path Fiona will continue to track to the northwest of Bermuda over the next few hours. Leigh Morgan, al, 23 Sep. 2022 It was centered about 135 miles southeast of Acapulco and moving to the northwest at 10 mph. CBS News, 17 Sep. 2022 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near northwest

northwardly

northwest

North West

Cite this Entry

“Northwest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/northwest. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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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