south·​east·​ern | \sau̇th-ˈē-stərn, sau̇-ˈē-\

Definition of southeastern 

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated southeast

2 : lying toward or coming from the southeast

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Other Words from southeastern

southeasternmost \sau̇th-​ˈē-​stərn-​ˌmōst, sau̇-​ˈē-​ \ adjective

Examples of southeastern in a Sentence

the southeastern corner of the state

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Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches are forecast from the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend into southeastern Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Hurricane Michael intensifying; set to strike Florida as a Cat 3 storm," 9 Oct. 2018 As Britain and Ireland have sweltered, heat waves have also struck Scandinavia, the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada, the Caucasus and southern Russia, and other regions. New York Times, "U.K. ‘Heat Wave’? Irish ‘Drought’? Unfamiliar Words for Unfamiliar Times," 4 July 2018 Thimble jellyfish live in the waters around Mexico and the Caribbean, but their larvae ride the waves to the southeastern shores of the United States. National Geographic, "What's Giving Some Beachgoers Rashes? Get the Facts.," 28 June 2018 One of the nearest was in Grenoble, in southeastern France. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 In the 2000s, a cell of Tijuana's Arellano Felix cartel allegedly established roots in San Diego and targeted wealthy Mexicans who moved to upscale southeastern suburbs in a failed attempt to flee a high-level cartel war at home. Jacob Soboroff, NBC News, "Despite Trump's fears, Tijuana's record violence rarely enters San Diego," 24 June 2018 Another $50 million each will go to support regional trails in southeastern Michigan and western New York. Corey Williams, The Seattle Times, "Wilson Foundation helping remake parks in Detroit, Buffalo," 16 Oct. 2018 There's a section of I-196 in southeastern Michigan with pronounced seams in the concrete. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Ford crosses over into the mini-SUV segment with tiny EcoSport," 19 Sep. 2018 Sylvia Acevedo, center, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, poses for a photo with two event-goers following a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new headquarters for the southeastern Michigan chapter on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Detroit. Washington Post, "CEO says she’s devoted to keeping the ‘Girl’ in Girl Scouts," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of southeastern

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for southeastern

southeast entry 2 + -ern (as in eastern)

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English Language Learners Definition of southeastern

: located in or toward the southeast

: of or relating to the southeast


south·​east·​ern | \sau̇th-ˈē-stərn \

Kids Definition of southeastern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the Southeast a southeastern city

2 : lying toward or coming from the southeast southeastern New York

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