adverb or adjective
north·​west·​er·​ly | \ nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio) \

Definition of northwesterly

1 : from the northwest
2 : toward the northwest

Examples of northwesterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tomorrow night: Skies try to stay mostly clear and northwesterly breezes calm down toward 10 mph. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 High temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s combine with west-northwesterly winds near 20 mph, gusting near 35 mph at times, calling for a jacket. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 Afternoon northwesterly breezes gust near 20 mph as a tiny shower or storm chance arrives near sunset. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 North-northwesterly wind gusts build and could near 35 mph at times during the afternoon. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 There should be a shift in the wind in midafternoon, going from westerly to northwesterly, Leatherwood said. Paige Fry,, 30 Mar. 2021 Slight north-northwesterly breezes should fully calm by late night. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2020 Behind the front winds will turn northwesterly, and temperatures will fall quickly into the 50s and 60s with a gusty north wind. Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2021 Evening northwesterly breezes around 20 mph are nearer 10 mph by sunrise. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of northwesterly

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Northwesterly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of northwesterly

: located in or moving toward the northwest
: blowing from the northwest


adverb or adjective
north·​west·​er·​ly | \ nȯrth-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of northwesterly

1 : from the northwest northwesterly breezes
2 : toward the northwest a northwesterly direction

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