1. moving, directed, or situated toward the north.
  2. (especially of a wind) coming from the north: a northerly gale.


  1. toward the north.
  2. from the north.

noun, plural north·er·lies.

  1. a wind that blows from the north.


  1. of, relating to, or situated in the north

adverb, adjective

  1. towards or in the direction of the north
  2. from the northa northerly wind

noun plural -lies

  1. a wind from the north

adj., adv.1550s, from northern + -ly (2) on pattern of easterly, westerly.

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