Definition of south-east in English:



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

    ‘a ship was coming in from the south-east’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is bordered by Croatia to the north and west, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro 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.’
    • ‘From here, you can swim about 50m to the south-east along the shoreline, and find a submarine.’
    • ‘A little to the south-east of this summit lies a curious constellation of rock tors, three individual outcrops of fine-grained granite.’
    • ‘Travelling south from Preston, it begins to swing to the south-east at Adlington and then skirts Blackrod.’
    • ‘Beaumaris lies to the south-east of the Isle of Anglesey, and offers stunning views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia.’
    • ‘Ben Loyal lies to the east, Ben Klibreck to the south-east and the hills of Assynt further west.’
    • ‘Direct sunlight is eliminated by orientating glazed sides to the south-east.’
    • ‘They basically moved in three directions: two to the south and one to 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.’
    • ‘To the south-east was a stepped entrance leading down into the hut, which had niches cut into its edge.’
    • ‘The second element of the project is to provide an underground car-park alongside and to the south-east of the existing buildings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Later it emerged that they had gone to see Tzekos in Glyfada to the south-east of Athens.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The coastal regions, especially in the south-east, have undergone rapid economic growth while the vast remote areas remain undeveloped.’
    • ‘The villagers died when petrol gushing out of the vandalised pipeline in a rural region in the south-east of the country caught fire.’
    • ‘London and the south-east of England continue to be the favoured destinations for Irish investors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Camberley is another one of those familiar dormitory towns that punctuate the south-east of England.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If there is one place in Ireland that they have a better chance of some sunshine, it's in the sunny south-east.’
    • ‘Another concern is the continuation of drought conditions across much of the south-east of the country.’
    • ‘Since his move to the south-east, he's become passionate about the region.’
    • ‘But the growth has yet to reach the south-east, the region which has been hardest hit by the recent droughts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Areas in Morocco that have been invaded by locusts are concentrated in the southeast of the country.’
    • ‘Search teams, including cocoa and coffee planters, have begun combing the forested south-east from Biche to Sangre Grande.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sunny south-east seems to be a popular choice.’


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

    ‘a table stood in the south-east corner’
    • ‘Reaching the south-east corner at last, she peered down through the grate.’
    • ‘The state's southeast quadrant is more ruggedly beautiful, including portions of Appalachia.’
    • ‘The T-shaped building is orientated at a 45 degree angle to the north with the main entrance on the south-east corner.’
    • ‘The little Isla del Aire, just off the south-east corner of the main island, has many sites to offer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think that around about two-thirds of Australia's population is situated in the south-east corner of the continent.’
    • ‘In the south-east corner is one of the two-storey stairwells, with its chipped stair edges and old steel door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From there they went to the south-east corner of the island to Owenga where there is another church with burial grounds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A further lantern is inserted to the south-east corner of the building.’
    • ‘The building on two levels stands on the site of a previous one between the shopping mall's south-east corner and housing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (of a wind) blowing from the south-east.
      • ‘The usual harbinger of a wetter summer is the persistence of south-east winds at the Cape.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The site was selected for its northern orientation, its shelter from the prevailing south-east wind, its open terrain, views and landform.’
      • ‘May to September brings the cooler and drier south-east monsoon, with strong winds and high seas in July and August.’
      • ‘The 6th day is another non-fly day, because of a strong south-east wind.’
      • ‘Hot equatorial climate, south-east tradewinds blow May to November, but usually calm in the morning.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A more integrated approach is needed to reduce the environmental impacts of urban stormwater drainage in south-east Queensland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pre-Heyerdahl theories state that the various Pacific islands were populated by as-yet undiscovered stone-age explorers from south-east Asia.’
    • ‘The last thing he had in mind was dying young in the jungles of 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The domestication of crops, particularly cereals, was the central achievement of the Neolithic revolution 12 000 years ago in south-east Turkey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Drought once again visited the southeast of the country during 1997 and 1998.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the weather bureau says south-east Queensland should enjoy heavy rain this morning while it lasts.’
    • ‘Unlike the water-saturated and rocky land further west, south-east Ireland boasts leafy grasses, moderate rainfall, and good drainage.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 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.’
    • ‘Stafford itself is on the river Sow, which joins the Trent south-east of the town.’
    • ‘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.’