adjective or adverb
west·​er·​ly | \ ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce westerly (audio) \

Definition of westerly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated toward or belonging to the west the westerly end of the farm
2 : coming from the west a westerly breeze


plural westerlies

Definition of westerly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wind from the west

Examples of westerly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb Some westerly breezes help to dry us out, especially midday into the afternoon. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 Anglers need to keep an eye on the weekend weather, though, with rain and big westerly winds in the forecast for Lake Erie’s walleye fishing. cleveland, 17 Mar. 2022 Black Earth Creek flows in a north westerly direction from Middleton to Black Earth west of Madison, toward the Wisconsin River, according to the DNR. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Mar. 2022 On Friday a large convoy of military vehicles is seen near Sergievka, Russia, approximately 6 miles east of the Ukraine border, and heading in a westerly direction toward Ukraine. USA Today, 25 Feb. 2022 High temperatures reached 50 degrees in most of the state Thursday, even in the Groton/New London area, once the wind shifted from off Long Island Sound to a westerly direction. courant.com, 10 Feb. 2022 As global temperatures rise, however, the jet streams—westerly bands of fast winds that circle up to 9 miles above the Earth—are weakening and shifting in mid-latitude regions. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 Aziz Razoky has lived near the top of the summit for 10 years, with a home that gives him westerly views of downtown San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 In July, winds shift from the usual dry, westerly direction to the south and southeast, which taps into moisture from northern Mexico. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their modest city saw an influx of evacuees from nearby rural and coastal regions soon after hot westerlies sent walls of flame into a string of towns and villages around New Year's Eve. NBC News, 11 Jan. 2020 As the land cools in the autumn, north-easterly winds replace the south-westerlies (see map). The Economist, 27 June 2019 But their move from the southern hemisphere to the northern, and the constraining effect of high pressure over Africa, sees them twisted from south-easterlies to south-westerlies. The Economist, 27 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of westerly

Adjective or adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for westerly

Adjective or adverb

obsolete wester western

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“Westerly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westerly. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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adjective or adverb
west·​er·​ly | \ ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce westerly (audio) \

Kids Definition of westerly

1 : toward the west the lake's westerly shore
2 : from the west a westerly wind

Westerly geographical name

Wes·​ter·​ly | \ ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce Westerly (audio) \

Definition of Westerly

town in southwestern Rhode Island on the border with Connecticut population 17,936


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