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adjective south·ern \ˈsə-thərn\

: 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

capitalized :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated South
a :  lying toward the south
b :  coming from the south <a southern wind>
south·ern·most \-ˌmōst\ adjective
south·ern·ness \-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



Definition of SOUTHERN

:  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

First Known Use of SOUTHERN


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SOUTHERN Defined for Kids


adjective south·ern \ˈsə-thərn\

Definition of SOUTHERN for Kids

often cap :  of, relating to, or like that of the South <a southern climate>
:  lying toward or coming from the south <southern Asia>
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