adjective or adverb
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

Examples of southerly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb Temperatures will rise under the aid of a southerly wind, topping out right around 50 degrees. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2021 Forecaster Marti Calhoun with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles said the higher-than-normal temperatures are caused by a very strong southerly flow. Meagan Ellsworth, Chron, 24 Dec. 2021 The southerly winds are mostly around 10 to 15 mph, but some gusts could top 30 mph, especially as showers move in late. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 Howard Wharf LP will provide the five-foot easement on the southerly side of the right-of-way to make up for the fact that the pump station won’t be moved., 3 Nov. 2021 The Sahel comprises a boundary that shields the more southerly nations from the arid harshness of the Sahara desert. David Vetter, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 But if the center of the storm takes a more southerly track toward Vancouver Island, the impacts to the coast and inland areas will increase, meaning stronger winds and higher swells. Haley Brink, CNN, 22 Oct. 2021 The southerly flow of air will also bring above-average temperatures with readings getting into the 60s late on Saturday., 28 Oct. 2021 The northerly access to the site will be removed, leaving the southerly access point across from Old Indian Trail Road. Steve Lord,, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Strong southerly winds could pound the beaches early in the day with gusts in the 50-60 mph range. oregonlive, 9 Dec. 2021 Light southerly breezes could occasionally gust near 15 mph. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Highs quickly pop back into the 40s on the back of some strong southerly winds Tuesday, and remain in the 40s through the end of the week. Star Tribune, 27 Feb. 2021 At least it’s warmer, in the mid-40s to around 50 degrees, thanks to a continued light southerly breeze. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2020 Light southerly breezes help mix and clear the atmosphere a little in the late afternoon. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2020 Strong southerly winds picked up loose ash from a 1912 volcanic eruption, sending an ash cloud about 4,000 feet into the sky on Monday. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2020 Strong southerly winds picked up loose ash from a 1912 volcanic eruption, sending an ash cloud about 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) into the sky on Monday. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, 15 Sep. 2020 Perhaps, the study authors theorize, the main hunting grounds around the more southerly Disko Bay had been over-exploited, forcing Norse settlers to venture into new territory. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Jan. 2020

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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


adjective or adverb
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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