southeast

1 of 3

adverb

south·​east sau̇th-ˈēst How to pronounce southeast (audio)
 nautical  sau̇-ˈēst
: to, toward, or in the southeast

southeast

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noun

1
a
: the general direction between south and east
b
: the point midway between the south and east compass points
2
capitalized : regions or countries lying to the southeast of a specified or implied point of orientation

southeast

3 of 3

adjective

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

Example Sentences

Adverb It's a few miles southeast of here. Noun A mountain range is in the southeast of the country. Rain is moving into the Southeast. He grew up in the Southeast. Adjective My office is in the southeast corner of the building.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
As of Wednesday night, more than 8 inches of snow had already fallen in parts of the upstate New York town of Colden, which is about 25 miles southeast of Buffalo, according to the weather service. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 17 Nov. 2022 In Southern California, cooler temperatures and rain brought respite to firefighters battling the massive Fairview Fire about 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles after sweltering heat last week. CBS News, 12 Sep. 2022 The Coastal Fire, in the hills southeast of Laguna Beach, has spread quickly due to a combination of extremely dry brush and winds gusting from 25 to 35 mph. Max Golembo, ABC News, 12 May 2022 Hundreds of miles southeast of New Zealand, lie the windswept Bounty and Antipodes Islands. Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, 11 Nov. 2022 Beatty, now 61, fatally strangled his mother after an argument in November 2003 and buried her body outside her mobile home in Whitehouse, about 115 miles southeast of Dallas. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 Authorities say Beatty buried his 62-year-old mother's body beside her mobile home in Whitehouse, about 115 miles southeast of Dallas, then spent her money on drugs and alcohol. CBS News, 9 Nov. 2022 As Sharon Wilson pulled up to the BP site, production tanks towered above the windblown grass roughly 60 miles southeast of San Antonio. Cathy Bussewitz, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Nov. 2022 Csonka splits time between North Carolina, Florida and a farm in Lisbon, Ohio, a village about 90 miles southeast of Cleveland. Marc Bona, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2022
Noun
From Thursday through Sunday, an area stretching across the entire southeast could get four to six inches of rain, with the rainiest spots possibly hit with up to 12 inches, AccuWeather forecasters predicted. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. The Enquirer, 23 Nov. 2022 Athletes move to the metro area from all over the southeast and beyond to train at the gym and participate on its teams. Asia Simone Burns, ajc, 22 Nov. 2022 The nourishment of Mount Etna means the southeast has some of the most fertile vineyards in Sicily. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 21 Nov. 2022 The region most likely to fall first is the southeast, where dry-season temperatures in the past four decades have risen an average of 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) and rainfall has dropped by a quarter. John Muyskens, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2022 Further southeast, in Akka, more than 300 miles from Marrakesh, are the remains of a community of Jewish merchants and silversmiths who plied their trade in the area as early as the second century. Michael Snyder, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 Butler, who was added to the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, will nonetheless take his rightful place alongside them when his name is revealed on Lambeau Field's southeast façade during a ceremony Thursday in Green Bay. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 The town of Borodyanka in Ukraine was among the invasion’s first casualties, becoming a choke point for Russian convoys rolling southeast toward the capital, Kyiv, about 35 miles away. Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Winter weather advisories are in place for parts of the Cascades and Northern Rockies, including northern Idaho, Montana, and southeast Wyoming. Christine Rapp, NBC News, 26 Nov. 2022 The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for portions of south-central and southeast Texas, including Galveston and inland Harris County. Dan Carson, Chron, 25 Nov. 2022 Several countries, mostly in southeast Asia, stepped in to fill the gap. Bydavid Grimm, science.org, 23 Nov. 2022 Saturday’s shooting occurred in the southeast section of the city. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 Portland General Electric reported a few hundred customers without power early Thursday, mostly in southeast Portland and western Gresham. oregonlive, 17 Nov. 2022 Tudor house in southeast Queens, dressed in suits and staring with purpose into the camera. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 Climate disasters are compounding the poverty in Madagascar, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. Lynsey Chutel Joao Silva, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2022 Over 10,000 of those were in Pinal County and 8,000 were in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona along the border with Mexico. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

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

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

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Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition

southeast 1 of 3

adverb

south·​east sau̇-ˈthēst How to pronounce southeast (audio)
 nautical  sau̇-ˈēst
: to or toward the southeast

southeast

2 of 3

noun

1
: the direction between south and east
2
capitalized : regions or countries southeast of a point that is mentioned or understood

southeast

3 of 3

adjective

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

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