northwest etymology

English word northwest comes from English west, English north

Detailed word origin of northwest

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
west English (eng) To move to the west; (of the sun) to set. [from 15th c.] (ecclesiastial) Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which is opposite to, and farthest from, the east, or the part containing the chancel and choir.. (meteorology) Of wind: from the west.. From the West; occidental.. Of or pertaining to the west; western.. Situated or lying in or toward the west; westward. One of the [...]
north English (eng) (physics) The positive or north pole of a magnet, which seeks the magnetic pole near Earth's geographic North Pole (which, for its magnetic properties, is a south pole).. Above or higher. One of the four major compass points, specifically 0°, directed toward the North Pole, and conventionally upwards on a map, abbreviated as N.. The up or positive direction. Toward the north; northward. [...]
northwest English (eng) From the northwest, northwesterly. Of or pertaining to the northwest; northwestern.. Towards the northwest; northwestwards. The compass point halfway between north and west, bearing 315°, abbreviated as NW.

Words with the same origin as northwest

Descendants of north
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