Bible Belt


: an area chiefly in the southern U.S. whose inhabitants are believed to hold uncritical allegiance to the literal accuracy of the Bible
broadly : an area characterized by ardent religious fundamentalism
Bible Belter noun
… he was positively apoplectic over the notion of his editorial policy being dictated by a handful of Bible Belters. Jim Murray

Examples of Bible Belt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Riding a successful summer, Blake decided to submit Bible Belt Baby for consideration for Best Contemporary Christian Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 Released in October via Glam & Glory Records on her debut studio album Bible Belt Baby, the cut debuts at No. 20 on the Christian Digital Song Sales chart. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 9 Aug. 2023 In 2016, Arkansas became the first Bible Belt state to approve medical marijuana, with voters approving a legalization measure. Andrew Demillo, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2022 After all, you don’t get elected twice as governor of Deep South, Bible Belt South Carolina as a woman with dark skin and a Sikh background by happenstance. Issac J. Bailey, CNN, 14 Feb. 2023 The company, headquartered in Atlanta, is known for its Bible Belt principles — including not operating stores on Sundays. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2022 That includes Arkansas, which in 2016 became the first Bible Belt state to approve medical marijuana. Andrew Demillo, ajc, 9 Nov. 2022 Medical marijuana is legal Arkansas, which became the first Bible Belt state to approve medical use back in 2016. Wyatte Grantham-Philips, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2022 Arkansas already became the first state in the Deep South to legalize medical marijuana in 2016, and could now become the first Bible Belt locale to legalize it recreationally. Justin Klawans, The Week, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bible Belt was in 1924

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“Bible Belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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