Definition of south-east in English:



  • 1usually the south-eastThe direction towards the point of the horizon midway between south and east.

    ‘a ship was coming in from the south-east’
    • ‘To the south-east of Koh Tao is Shark Island, named, rather disappointingly, because of the shape of a shark fin formed by the top of the island itself.’
    • ‘A man in a carpet shop said that if we were serious we should go to a small town 60 miles to the south-east called Haqqari.’
    • ‘They basically moved in three directions: two to the south and one to the south-east.’
    • ‘Ben Loyal lies to the east, Ben Klibreck to the south-east and the hills of Assynt further west.’
    • ‘Later it emerged that they had gone to see Tzekos in Glyfada to the south-east of Athens.’
    • ‘Turn right here to climb up to the base of the monument, where there are views north-west over Folly Loch and the Eildons beyond, and to the south-east over Teviotdale towards the Cheviots.’
    • ‘Fuar Tholl radiates three spurs, to the north, the south and to the south-east, and it is on these spurs that the great rock features of the mountain are prominent.’
    • ‘Direct sunlight is eliminated by orientating glazed sides to the south-east.’
    • ‘The small bay to the south-east of the site may also be incorporated as a marina for the waterfront residents.’
    • ‘Our next dive was 6 hours later and several miles further to the south-east.’
    • ‘Cozumel lies approximately 30 km to the south-east of Cancun.’
    • ‘A short distance to the south-east, along a fantastic little rocky ridge, lies the last summit of the day, Loft Crag.’
    • ‘A little to the south-east of this summit lies a curious constellation of rock tors, three individual outcrops of fine-grained granite.’
    • ‘Beaumaris lies to the south-east of the Isle of Anglesey, and offers stunning views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia.’
    • ‘From here, you can swim about 50m to the south-east along the shoreline, and find a submarine.’
    • ‘Travelling south from Preston, it begins to swing to the south-east at Adlington and then skirts Blackrod.’
    • ‘To the south-east was a stepped entrance leading down into the hut, which had niches cut into its edge.’
    • ‘It is bordered by Croatia to the north and west, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the south-east.’
    • ‘To the south-east lay Cyprus and Egypt; to the north, the Dardanelles and the Black Sea; westwards the mainland of Greece and the island of Crete.’
    • ‘The second element of the project is to provide an underground car-park alongside and to the south-east of the existing buildings.’
    1. 1.1 The compass point corresponding to south-east.
  • 2The south-eastern part of a country, region, or town.

    ‘opposition to Turkish influence was strongest in the south-east’
    • ‘Camberley is another one of those familiar dormitory towns that punctuate the south-east of England.’
    • ‘Search teams, including cocoa and coffee planters, have begun combing the forested south-east from Biche to Sangre Grande.’
    • ‘Another concern is the continuation of drought conditions across much of the south-east of the country.’
    • ‘The south-east of England already has the population to sustain improved infrastructure and cable traffic; in Scotland it is more of a challenge.’
    • ‘The Tall Ships Race will be worth in the region of €20m to Waterford and the south-east.’
    • ‘If there is one place in Ireland that they have a better chance of some sunshine, it's in the sunny south-east.’
    • ‘Areas in Morocco that have been invaded by locusts are concentrated in the southeast of the country.’
    • ‘The south-east of the country has long been one of the more popular locations for those seeking to purchase a second home in Ireland.’
    • ‘The sunny south-east seems to be a popular choice.’
    • ‘There was a markedly lower life expectancy in the older industrial regions of the north, Wales, and Scotland, than in the county towns and spas of the English south-east and the West Midlands.’
    • ‘But the growth has yet to reach the south-east, the region which has been hardest hit by the recent droughts.’
    • ‘The summer festivals have ended, but if it is music you seek, then the sunny south-east is the place to be over the next few weeks.’
    • ‘The only region which has seen a slowdown has been the south-east of England.’
    • ‘London and the south-east of England continue to be the favoured destinations for Irish investors.’
    • ‘The villagers died when petrol gushing out of the vandalised pipeline in a rural region in the south-east of the country caught fire.’
    • ‘Many of the buyers, particularly at the top end of the market, have fled the overcrowded south-east of England, enticed north by lower prices and a better quality of life.’
    • ‘The south-east of the island is home to most of the recognisable resort areas such as Magaluf and Santa Ponsa, and so is better for rentals, but is not really what most people want for their own use.’
    • ‘And it is one of the few places outside London and the south-east to make it on to the rich towns league table out today.’
    • ‘Since his move to the south-east, he's become passionate about the region.’
    • ‘The coastal regions, especially in the south-east, have undergone rapid economic growth while the vast remote areas remain undeveloped.’


  • 1attributive Lying towards, near, or facing the south-east.

    ‘a table stood in the south-east corner’
    • ‘Sipadan is a small island 36 km off the south-east coast of Sabah, which is in the eastern part of Malaysian Borneo, and it offers some of the best scuba diving in the world.’
    • ‘The T-shaped building is orientated at a 45 degree angle to the north with the main entrance on the south-east corner.’
    • ‘Currently, many peasants living near big cities or along the south-east coast have become landlords, leasing land to labourers from provinces in the interior.’
    • ‘The building on two levels stands on the site of a previous one between the shopping mall's south-east corner and housing.’
    • ‘Reaching the south-east corner at last, she peered down through the grate.’
    • ‘Gold prospectors had long been moving anti-clockwise around the continent from the first fields in its south-east corner, and in the 1880s they reached the north of the colony.’
    • ‘Towards the south-east end of the island the gullies open out to a kelp forest, before deepening into a series of steps which drop sharply to 30m.’
    • ‘It reached a climax over the populated south-east corner during the weekend.’
    • ‘The main entrance to the building is on the south-east corner, and is a simple portal framed in the perimeter wall.’
    • ‘The dominant axis runs between revolving doors at north-west and south-east corners, and, like the big space, it ascends the height of the building.’
    • ‘The state's southeast quadrant is more ruggedly beautiful, including portions of Appalachia.’
    • ‘From there they went to the south-east corner of the island to Owenga where there is another church with burial grounds.’
    • ‘Set at the south-east corner of the old city, the site lies just beyond what was once the line of the medieval city wall.’
    • ‘A further lantern is inserted to the south-east corner of the building.’
    • ‘In the south-east corner is one of the two-storey stairwells, with its chipped stair edges and old steel door.’
    • ‘A substation in the south-east corner will remain, but the mortuary, the busiest in the city, will be demolished and moved across the road to the hospital building.’
    • ‘On the inauguration day itself, he demonstrated this commitment to integrity and unity by suddenly arriving in the autonomous province of Ajara, down in the south-east corner of the Black Sea.’
    • ‘The quarry firm has claimed that reducing blasts to the level suggested would affect the economic viability of the south-east corner of the quarry, which only has a short lifespan.’
    • ‘I think that around about two-thirds of Australia's population is situated in the south-east corner of the continent.’
    • ‘The little Isla del Aire, just off the south-east corner of the main island, has many sites to offer.’
    1. 1.1 (of a wind) blowing from the south-east.
      • ‘Located on the south-east of Hirta, the largest of St Kilda's five islands, even Village Bay can become an inhospitable place when a south-east wind gets up.’
      • ‘The 6th day is another non-fly day, because of a strong south-east wind.’
      • ‘The usual harbinger of a wetter summer is the persistence of south-east winds at the Cape.’
      • ‘May to September brings the cooler and drier south-east monsoon, with strong winds and high seas in July and August.’
      • ‘The site was selected for its northern orientation, its shelter from the prevailing south-east wind, its open terrain, views and landform.’
      • ‘Unlike Coogee and beaches to the north, the lack of high headlands also means that most of the suburbs in Maroubra are more exposed to south-east winds.’
      • ‘Hot equatorial climate, south-east tradewinds blow May to November, but usually calm in the morning.’
      • ‘The south-east monsoon cuts visibility from June to August, but the main rains come with the north-west monsoon from December to March, when heavy seas can restrict diving.’
      • ‘The dry season is characterized by south-east trade winds.’
  • 2attributive Of or denoting the south-eastern part of a specified country, region, or town or its inhabitants.

    ‘South East Asia’
    • ‘On Christmas Day the family, who lived in Old Town until emigrating to south-east Asia in June, anchored off Patong beach on Phuket Island.’
    • ‘The domestication of crops, particularly cereals, was the central achievement of the Neolithic revolution 12 000 years ago in south-east Turkey.’
    • ‘One person died and thousands of people were evacuated from their homes as the fires - the worst to hit south-east Australia in 50 years - continued to sweep towards the city.’
    • ‘Now it can be shown that some cemeteries of cremations in south-east England, accompanied by wheel-turned pots, originated well before Caesar's invasions.’
    • ‘Formerly known as Siam, it was the only country in south-east Asia that escaped colonial rule, as a result of its geopolitical situation between the French and the British colonial empires.’
    • ‘A more integrated approach is needed to reduce the environmental impacts of urban stormwater drainage in south-east Queensland.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the weather bureau says south-east Queensland should enjoy heavy rain this morning while it lasts.’
    • ‘In Romania and Turkey, and maybe in other countries of south-east Europe and the near East, there is a tradition of playing games of the Rummy family with a set of 106 numbered and coloured tiles.’
    • ‘The success of the crop can be partially explained by its ability to grow in diverse tropical environments, including the extensive and complex rainfed lowlands of south and south-east Asia.’
    • ‘There are more than 900 species worldwide, most of which occur in mountains in subtropical and tropical regions from India to south-east Asia.’
    • ‘As a result, south-east Asia's biggest oil producer is ransacking its foreign exchange reserves to pay for imported oil and to shore up its currency.’
    • ‘Drought once again visited the southeast of the country during 1997 and 1998.’
    • ‘The last thing he had in mind was dying young in the jungles of south-east Asia.’
    • ‘Unlike the water-saturated and rocky land further west, south-east Ireland boasts leafy grasses, moderate rainfall, and good drainage.’
    • ‘In 1565 a Spanish galleon laden with cinnamon sailed from Manila to Mexico, finally linking up Spain's American colonies with the markets of south-east Asia.’
    • ‘It is a country composed of hundreds of tropical islands in south-east Asia, in the region where the Pacific and the Indian Oceans meet.’
    • ‘It was reported that forensic officers then carried out extensive searches of their houses in south-east London, close to the scene of the 18-year-old's murder.’
    • ‘But detectives revealed he had broken into a 78-year-old woman's home in south-east London in the early hours of last Saturday.’
    • ‘Pre-Heyerdahl theories state that the various Pacific islands were populated by as-yet undiscovered stone-age explorers from south-east Asia.’
    • ‘This species was a cultivated tree, or possibly a survivor of natural woodland in the area, on the campus of the University at São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo state, in south-east Brazil.’


  • To or towards the south-east.

    ‘turn south-east to return to your starting point’
    • ‘Kuma's three-storey villa has been built into a hill and looks south-east over the bay of Atami, south of Tokyo.’
    • ‘The winds, which had now swung south-east sent great waves over those who still clung to anything they could get a grip on, such as chains, steel uprights or iron support bars.’
    • ‘Stafford itself is on the river Sow, which joins the Trent south-east of the town.’