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[nawrth-ee-ster; Nautical nawr-ee-ster]
  1. New England and South Atlantic States. a wind or gale from the northeast.
  2. Meteorology. northeast storm.
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Origin of northeaster

First recorded in 1765–75; northeast + -er1
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Historical Examples

  • It was a north-easter, laden with dust, and a sense of frozen Siberian steppes.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • Captain Moore followed them to the door, and shivered as he inhaled the north-easter.

    Aunt Phillis's Cabin

    Mary H. Eastman

  • It was a cold and inclement spring, a blast of Kingsley's much belauded "north-easter," to which he succumbed.

  • A north-easter sprang up, and Glover's men could do nothing with the sloops and sail-boats.

  • When the winter frost has gone, when the spring north-easter is still, when the summer sun is high, it is indeed a sleepy land.

British Dictionary definitions for north-easter


  1. a strong wind or storm from the northeast
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Word Origin and History for north-easter


sometimes nor'easter, "wind blowing from the northeast," 1794, from northeast.

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