1. uncountable noun [oft the NOUN]
is the direction which is halfway
between south and east.
The city of Ch'eng Tu lies some seven hundred miles to the South-East.
2. singular noun
The south-east of a place, country, or region is the part which is in the south-east.
...the regional electricity company serving the South-east of England. [+ of]
The heaviest snowfalls today are expected in the south east.
3. adverb [ADVERB after verb]
If you go south-east
, you travel
towards the south-east.
We turned south-east, making for Portoferraio.
Something that is south-east of a place is positioned to the south-east of it.
...the potteries of Iznik, some 120km south-east of Istanbul. [+ of]
5. adjective [ADJECTIVE noun]
The south-east part of a place, country, or region is the part which is towards the south-east.
...the south-east quarter of Lincolnshire.
...an island just off Shetland's south-east coast.
6. adjective [ADJECTIVE noun]
A south-east wind
is a wind that blows
from the south-east.
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