One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Situated in the north-east or designating the north-eastern part of an area. Also (of a wind): blowing from the north-east. Compare "north-east"rare before 19th cent.
From a north-easterly direction. rare.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Lyly (1554–1606), writer and playwright. Shortened from north-east.
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