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southern

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adjective south·ern \ˈsə-thərn\

Simple Definition of southern

  • : located in or toward the south

  • : of or relating to the south

  • Southern : of or relating to the people born, raised, or living in the southeastern U.S.

Full Definition of southern

  1. 1 capitalized :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated South

  2. 2a :  lying toward the southb :  coming from the south <a southern wind>

south·ern·most play \-ˌmōst\ adjective
south·ern·ness play \-thərn-nəs\ noun often capitalized

Examples of southern

  1. the southern part of the state

  2. the southern shore of the lake



Origin of southern

Middle English southern, southren, from Old English sūtherne; akin to Old High German sundrōni southern, Old English sūth south


First Known Use: before 12th century


Southern

noun south·ern

Definition of Southern

  1. :  the dialect of English spoken in most of the Chesapeake Bay area, the coastal plain and the greater part of the upland plateau in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and the Gulf states at least as far west as the valley of the Brazos in Texas and sometimes taken to include the south Midland area



1935

First Known Use of southern

1935

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SOUTHERN Defined for Kids

southern

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adjective south·ern \ˈsə-thərn\

Definition of southern

  1. 1 often cap :  of, relating to, or like that of the South <a southern climate>

  2. 2 :  lying toward or coming from the south <southern Asia>





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