Definition of northeaster in US English:


(also nor'easter)


  • A storm or wind blowing from the northeast, especially in New England.

    • ‘Many of the famous blizzards and northeasters that battered the East Coast and sank ships in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean throughout history were bomb cyclones.’
    • ‘The race began with light winds, but things got dicey the next day as a northeaster raged through the fleet in the Bay of Fundy with winds up to 40 knots, and six boats dismasted.’
    • ‘Historically, northeasters with an easterly track have brought the East Coast its heaviest snowfalls.’
    • ‘The steep roof pitch protects both this and the mountain house from the northeasters that sweep through New England, and it lends the homes a cottage-like quality that belies their mass.’