north·west·ern | \nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stərn \

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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northwesternmost \nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stərn-ˌmōst \ adjective

Examples of northwestern in a Sentence

the northwestern corner of the state

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Republicans would like to recapture the congressional district covering New Jersey’s northwestern corner, which Democrats flipped in 2016. Kate King, WSJ, "New Jersey’s Primaries Will Set the Stage for Competitive Midterm Elections," 4 June 2018 The road runs from the capital Madrid, to the northwestern Galicia region. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Yankees finish 14-0 record with Mustang City Championship," 22 May 2018 Twenty-three people have died in the current outbreak, which started in remote rural areas of Equateur Province, in the northwestern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in early April. Nick Cumming-bruce, New York Times, "Fears of Larger Contagion as Ebola Spreads to Major Congo City," 17 May 2018 Soil around the trees is already sodden everywhere in the region, including the 1,800 acres of park running from the city’s northwestern corner down to East Falls. Frank Kummer,, "Wissahickon park trees, trails took big storm hit, and more is on the way," 6 Mar. 2018 Another optional half-mile of trail between Namalu and Onealoa bays gets you to the island’s most northwestern corner, a worthwhile side trip for the lookout point’s expansive views of Lana’i and beyond. Sunset, "Hawaii’s Best Trails for Every Hiker," 22 Jan. 2018 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also ordered a rewrite of a 2013 plan that limited drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in the state’s northwestern corner., "Arctic Refuge Just the Start of Trump’s Move to Unlock Alaska Oil," 20 Dec. 2017 There are small lake towns that provide incredible waterside views, and plenty of quirky small towns with eccentric charm, and then there's one area in Iowa's northwestern corner that's making headlines for taking small-town pride to a new level. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Is Orange City, Iowa, America's Happiest Small Town?," 20 Nov. 2017 The victory of the Kurdish fighting force known as the YPG, which Turkey considers to be a terrorist organisation, came after eight weeks of fighting in the surrounding province in northwestern Syria. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "‘LC Roots’ band has deep ties to area," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of northwestern

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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