[nawrth-eest; Nautical nawr-eest]


a point on the compass midway between north and east. Abbreviation: NE
a region in this direction.
the Northeast, the northeastern part of the United States.


toward or in the northeast: sailing northeast.


coming from the northeast: a northeast wind.
directed toward the northeast: a northeast course.

Origin of northeast

before 950; Middle English, Old English; see north, east
Related formsnorth·east·ern, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the point of the compass or direction midway between north and east, 45° clockwise from north
the northeast (often capital) any area lying in or towards this direction

adjective Also: northeastern

(sometimes capital) of or denoting the northeastern part of a specified country, area, etcnortheast Lincolnshire
situated in, proceeding towards, or facing the northeast
(esp of the wind) from the northeast


in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the northeast
Symbol: NE
Derived Formsnortheasternmost, adjective



the Northeast the northeastern part of England, esp Northumberland, Durham, and the Tyneside area
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Word Origin and History for northeast

Old English norð east; see north + east. Related: Northeasterly (1743).

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