- moving, directed, or situated toward the north.
- (especially of a wind) coming from the north: a northerly gale.
- toward the north.
- from the north.
noun, plural north·er·lies.
- a wind that blows from the north.
- of, relating to, or situated in the north
- towards or in the direction of the north
- from the northa northerly wind
noun plural -lies
- a wind from the north
adj., adv.1550s, from northern + -ly (2) on pattern of easterly, westerly.