[nawrth-west; Nautical nawr-west]



Also north·west·ern. coming from the northwest: a northwest wind.
directed toward the northwest: sailing a northwest course.


from the northwest.
toward the northwest: sailing northwest.

Origin of northwest

before 900; Middle English, Old English; see north, west 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 west, 315° clockwise from north
the northwest (often capital) any area lying in or towards this direction

adjective Also: northwestern

(sometimes capital) of or denoting the northwestern part of a specified country, area, etcnorthwest Greenland

adjective, adverb

in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the northwest
Symbol: NW
Derived Formsnorthwesternmost, adjective


noun the Northwest

the northwestern part of England, esp Lancashire and the Lake District
the northwestern part of the US, consisting of the states of Washington, Oregon, and sometimes Idaho
(in Canada) the region north and west of the Great Lakes
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Word Origin and History for northwest

Old English norðwest (adv.); from north + west. As a noun from late 14c. Related: Northwestern; northwesterly; northwestward. Northwest Passage first attested c.1600.

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