[south-eest; Nautical sou-eest]


the point or direction midway between south and east. Abbreviation: SE
a region in this direction.
(initial capital letter) the southeast region of the United States.


lying toward, situated in, or directed toward the southeast.
coming from the southeast, as a wind.


in the direction midway between south and east.

Origin of southeast

before 900; Middle English southest, Old English sūthēast. See south, east
Related formssouth·east·ern, adjectivesouth·east·ern·most [south-ee-stern-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˌsaʊθˈi stərnˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the point of the compass or the direction midway between south and east, 135° clockwise from north
(often cap usually preceded by the) any area lying in or towards this direction

adjective Also: southeastern

(sometimes capital) of or denoting the southeastern part of a specified country, area, etc
situated in, proceeding towards, or facing the southeast
(esp of the wind) from the southeast


in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the southeast
Symbol: SE
Derived Formssoutheasternmost, adjective



the Southeast the southeastern part of Britain, esp the London area
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Word Origin and History for southeast

Old English suðeast; see south + east. Related: Southeasterly; southeastern.

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