south·​er·​ly | \ ˈsə-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce southerly (audio) \

Definition of southerly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


plural southerlies

Definition of southerly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wind from the south

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Unfortunately, this could allow for southerly winds to bring more smoke into the area. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Smoky conditions expected to continue through the weekend in Southcentral Alaska," 28 June 2019 The unprecedented warming has been driven by southerly winds in the Bering Sea, with warm air from the south melting the ice at an alarming rate. Jordan Evans, CNN, "Alaska's warming ocean is putting food and jobs at risk, scientists say," 28 June 2019 Simultaneously a violent southerly gale began which threatened to tear the ship from her moorings. Robert E. (robert Edwin) Peary, Harper's magazine, "Unyielding Ice," 10 June 2019 High tides and strong southerly winds could cause minor coastal flooding. Leigh Morgan,, "Tornado watch issued for part of south Alabama; large waterspout spotted," 6 June 2019 Some noticeable southerly breezes may detract slightly. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A mild Friday starts a short warming trend. Sunday looks like it could be wet.," 26 Jan. 2018 High pressure slips offshore Tuesday night, sending more of a southerly flow our way as the humidity creeps higher. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Summery Sunday with chance of late-day storms; comfortably warm Monday and Tuesday," 24 June 2018 Current strong southerly winds mean the dust has easily crossed the Mediterranean Sea. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's beautiful orange pink sky at sunset, explained by science," 6 July 2018 Confidence: Medium Breaks in the clouds Sunday are welcome but southerly winds push in tropical air, with highs rising to uncomfortable mid-80s. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heavy rain at times into Saturday, with a risk of flooding," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To the north are the Khasi Hills, standing athwart the path of moisture-laden southerly winds eager to continue north. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of southerly

Adjective or adverb

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for southerly

Adjective or adverb

south entry 3 + -erly (as in easterly)

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English Language Learners Definition of southerly

: located in or moving toward the south
: blowing from the south
south·​er·​ly | \ ˈsə-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce southerly (audio) \

Kids Definition of southerly

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

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