north·​west·​ern | \ nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce northwestern (audio) \

Definition of northwestern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated Northwest
2 : lying toward or coming from the northwest

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Other Words from northwestern

northwesternmost \ nȯr(th)-​ˈwe-​stərn-​ˌmōst How to pronounce northwestern (audio) \ adjective

Examples of northwestern in a Sentence

the northwestern corner of the state
Recent Examples on the Web Spain’s most prized shellfish conservas hail from the northwestern region of Galicia, where female shellfish diggers called mariscadoras trawl the muck for mollusks fetching upward of $100 a can. Benjamin Kemper, WSJ, "Dinner From a Can, No Apologies," 17 Dec. 2020 That came in addition to the sanctions targeting specific Chinese and Hong Kong officials over their actions in Hong Kong, the northwestern region of Xinjiang and elsewhere. NBC News, "China slaps restrictions on travel to Hong Kong by some U.S. officials," 10 Dec. 2020 Senator Cruz is quite right to observe that the Republicans, led by U.S. congressman Mike Kelly of northwestern Pennsylvania, have a point: The commonwealth’s constitution does not appear to authorize no-excuse mail-in voting. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Supreme Court Nixes Republicans’ Pennsylvania Lawsuit," 8 Dec. 2020 For Lunsetter, a high school senior in the Kittson Central School District, in far northwestern Minnesota near the Canadian border, the school year hasn’t been without sacrifice. Star Tribune, "As virus rages, a few Minnesota schools still offer in-person instruction," 5 Dec. 2020 The week-old lawsuit, led by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of northwestern Pennsylvania, had challenged the state’s mail-in voting law as unconstitutional. Marc Levy, Anchorage Daily News, "Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects lawsuit challenging election," 29 Nov. 2020 Since 2016, when Erie County gave a slim majority of its votes to Donald J. Trump after years as a Democratic bastion, this slice of northwestern Pennsylvania has been seen as an especially precise gauge of the national political mood. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "Voters Dread Election: ‘It’s Going to Be Hell No Matter What’," 6 Oct. 2020 Abdulla currently lives in Turkey but spent 15 years working in multiple hospitals located in Xinjiang, China's northwestern region heavily populated by Uighurs and other ethnic minorities. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "State Department renews scrutiny of China amid report of Uighur infanticide, forced abortions," 19 Aug. 2020 Beijing already placed a travel ban on Rubio, Cruz and Smith last month after Washington announced similar measures against Chinese officials linked to measures taken against Muslims in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "China sanctions 11 US politicians, including Cruz and Rubio, and heads of pro-democracy organizations," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of northwestern

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jan 2021

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“Northwestern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of northwestern

: in, toward, or from the northwest
: of or relating to the northwest


north·​west·​ern | \ nȯrth-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce northwestern (audio) \

Kids Definition of northwestern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the Northwest northwestern wildflowers
2 : lying toward or coming from the northwest the northwestern part of the state

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