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

Examples of southeast in a Sentence

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
Proudly bucking both those trends, though, is Laurel, Mississippi, located 90 miles southeast of Jackson. Sarah Cahalan, Travel + Leisure, 13 July 2024 The state forestry agency reported that on Thursday about 8 p.m., a wildfire was first detected 5 miles southeast of Kingman in Mohave County. Rey Covarrubias Jr., The Arizona Republic, 13 July 2024
Noun
Holly Springs is about a 60-mile drive southeast from Memphis, Tennessee. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 15 July 2024 Northwest of town is likely driest, with southeast of town having the best chance of seeing the most rain and perhaps patchy flooding. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 12 July 2024
Adjective
Hurricane Ivan in 2004 was the last strongest hurricane to hit the southeast Caribbean, causing catastrophic damage in Grenada as a Category 3 storm. CBS News, 6 July 2024 The air quality in Detroit is unhealthy Friday with some areas in southeast Michigan even experiencing very unhealthy or hazardous conditions, according to the U.S. Air Quality Index. Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for southeast 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

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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