southwest

[ south-west; Nautical sou-west ]
/ ˌsaʊθˈwɛst; Nautical ˌsaʊˈwɛst /

noun

the point or direction midway between south and west. Abbreviation: SW
a region in this direction.
the Southwest, the southwest region of the United States.

adjective

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

adverb

in the direction midway between south and west.

Origin of southwest

before 900; Middle English; Old English sūthwest. See south, west

Related forms

south·west·ern, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for southwest (1 of 2)

southwest

/ (ˌsaʊθˈwɛst, nautical ˌsaʊˈwɛst) /

noun

the point of the compass or the direction midway between west and south, 225° clockwise from north
(often cap usually preceded by the) any area lying in or towards this direction

adjective Also: southwestern

(sometimes capital) of or denoting the southwestern part of a specified country, area, etcsouthwest Italy
situated in or towards the southwest
(esp of the wind) from the southwest

adverb

in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the southwest
Symbol: SW

Derived Forms

southwesternmost, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for southwest (2 of 2)

Southwest

/ (ˌsaʊθˈwɛst) /

noun

the Southwest the southwestern part of Britain, esp Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset
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