Definition of south-west in English:

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Pronunciation: /saʊθˈwɛst/


1 (usually the south-west) The direction towards the point of the horizon midway between south and west: clouds uncoiled from the south-west
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  • Both courses are on a peninsula and as you look over the water, you can see Carnoustie to the north-west and Muirfield in North Berwick to the south-west.
  • The great house they built may just be ridges in the field to the south-west of the church, but you feel you have met them, Sir Arthur Throckmorton, an Elizabethan squire, and his wife.
  • A town of 3,600 people, Avaj is close to the top of a high pass through the rugged Nobaran mountains on the main road between Qazvin and Hamedan to the south-west.
1.1The compass point corresponding to south-west.
2The south-western part of a country, region, or town: the beach is in the south-west of the island
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  • Bucking the trend, however, is Armagnac, France's lesser-known brandy from the Gascony region in the south-west.
  • This orange-gold spirit, made from a blend of white grapes, hails from a small region in the south-west of France.
  • The manufacture of chocolate in France was, historically, associated with the port of Bayonne in the south-west, although other towns now practise this.


1Lying towards, near, or facing the south-west: the south-west tower collapsed in a storm
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  • In 1840, a careless clock-repairer left a lighted candle in the south-west tower, burning down the nave roof and leaving the nave, the south west tower and south aisles burned out shells.
  • Now the plan is to cast two smaller bells to be hung alongside the existing 10 in a modified frame in the south-west tower of the cathedral.
  • This is the former goods yard on the south-west side of the railway beyond Hellifield station.
1.1(Of a wind) blowing from the south-west.
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  • Sadly, a strong south-west wind was blowing, so we had to stick to a sheltered site close to the island.
  • The forecast says that south-west winds will blow away from population centres.
  • North-easterlies are the worst winds for this pier; the prevailing south-west wind gives few problems.
2Of or denoting the south-western part of a specified country, region, or town or its inhabitants: south-west London
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  • It effortlessly captures the colour and magic of that region of south-west India.
  • The location this time is Eskibahce, a coastal town in south-west Anatolia.
  • The quartet's leader, and namesake, was born in 1975 in the town of Pazardzhik, in south-west Bulgaria.


To or towards the south-west: they drove directly south-west
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  • For the hardy the route now heads south-west for a short distance before heading north over the rolling Glenrath Heights, Middle Hill and Hundleshope Heights.
  • The views south-west are the second best of the walk, over the flatness of the Vale of Pickering to the rise of the Howardian Hills.
  • The special stage starts at Sadiola in Mali and heads south-west along the Senegalese border.
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