[ suhth-er-lee ]
/ ˈsʌð ər li /

adjective, adverb

toward the south: a southerly course.
(especially of a wind) coming from the south: a gentle southerly breeze.

noun, plural south·er·lies.

a wind that blows from the south.


Origin of southerly

1545–55; south + -erly (see easterly)
Related formssouth·er·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for southerly


/ (ˈsʌðəlɪ) /


of, relating to, or situated in the south

adverb, adjective

towards or in the direction of the south
from the southa southerly wind

noun plural -lies

a wind from the south
Derived Formssoutherliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for southerly


1550s (adj.); 1570s (adv.); from southern + -ly. Related: Southerliness.

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