The direction or point on the mariner's compass halfway between due north and due east, or 45\u00b0 east of due north. An area or region lying in the northeast. A region of the northeast United States, generally including the New England states, New York, and sometimes Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To, toward, of, facing, or in the northeast. Originating in or coming from the northeast: a northeast wind. In, from, or toward the northeast.