South·​ern·​er ˈsə-t͟hər-nər How to pronounce Southerner (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of the South
especially : a native or resident of the southern part of the U.S.

Examples of Southerner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the ongoing fight against discrimination and equality, some LGBTQ+ Southerners have learned how to flourish as an act of resistance, Durant said. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 7 June 2024 Owning slaves in his time was legal and a common practice of wealthy Southerners, like George Washington and Andrew Jackson too. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 20 Mar. 2024 Both sauces are based on Blue Plate Mayonnaise, the almost-homemade tasting condiment Southerners have been slathering on sandwiches since 1927. Brandee Gruener, Southern Living, 31 May 2024 Spalding, on the other hand, helped organize the Jackson County Pro-Slavery Pioneer Association to attract Southerners interested in making Kansas a slave state. Michael Wells, Kansas City Star, 22 May 2024 As these 20 stand-outs show, Southerners go above and beyond to take care of one another. Carolanne Griffith Roberts, Southern Living, 22 May 2024 For example, this could affect Southerners On New Ground, which bails out Black mothers and caregivers on Mother's Day or groups like the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, which bails out protesters who have been arrested during demonstrations. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 1 May 2024 Southerners know the true horror of a beautiful summer afternoon ruined by a swarm of mosquitoes. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 30 Apr. 2024 Another dinner guest, the Southerner Cameron Thom, was wounded at Gettysburg but returned to L.A. to become its 16th mayor. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Southerner was in 1817

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“Southerner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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South·​ern·​er ˈsət͟h-ə(r)-nər How to pronounce Southerner (audio)
: a person born or living in the South (as of the U.S.)
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