from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Situated toward the north.
  • adj. Coming or being from the north: northerly winds.
  • n. A storm or wind coming from the north.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wind blowing from the north.
  • adj. Facing the north; directed towards the north.
  • adj. Located in a northern region
  • adj. Coming from the north.
  • adv. In an northward direction or position; towards the north.
  • adv. From the north.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the north; toward the north, or from the north; northern.
  • adv. Toward the north.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or being in or toward the north; northern.
  • Proceeding from the north.
  • Toward the north: as, to sail northerly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. situated in or oriented toward the north
  • n. a wind that blows from the north
  • adv. in a northern direction
  • adj. coming from the north; used especially of wind


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  • I remember Lawrence Burger drove his mom's burgundy Oldsmobile, and I'd slide over in the middle seat next to him as we trolled the mean streets of suburban Don Mills, aka my northerly suburb of Toronto.

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  • Thus, a wind from the north blowing toward the south is called a northerly wind.


  • More generally these winds are classified as northerly or southerly.


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  • Nugent, when, about ten o'clock, they observed a strong northerly blast rising, and they accordingly put in for port.

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