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southerly

adjective or adverb south·er·ly \ ˈsə-t͟hər-lē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of southerly

1 :situated toward or belonging to the south
  • the southerly shore of the lake
2 :coming from the south
  • a southerly wind

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Origin and Etymology of southerly

3south + -erly (as in easterly)


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southerly

noun

Definition of southerly

plural southerlies
:a wind from the south

First Known Use of southerly

1837


SOUTHERLY Defined for English Language Learners

southerly

adjective

Definition of southerly for English Language Learners

  • : located in or moving toward the south

  • : blowing from the south


SOUTHERLY Defined for Kids

southerly

adjective or adverb south·er·ly \ ˈsə-t͟hər-lē \

Definition of southerly for Students

1 :from the south
  • a southerly wind
2 :toward the south
  • a southerly shore
  • They sailed southerly.


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