[ nawr-th er-lee ]
/ ˈnɔr ðər li /


moving, directed, or situated toward the north.
(especially of a wind) coming from the north: a northerly gale.


toward the north.
from the north.

noun, plural north·er·lies.

a wind that blows from the north.

Origin of northerly

1545–55; north + -erly, modeled on easterly
Related formsnorth·er·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for northerly


/ (ˈnɔːðəlɪ) /


of, relating to, or situated in the north

adverb, adjective

towards or in the direction of the north
from the northa northerly wind

noun plural -lies

a wind from the north
Derived Formsnortherliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for northerly


adj., adv.

1550s, from northern + -ly (2) on pattern of easterly, westerly.

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