Southernism

noun
South·​ern·​ism | \ ˈsə-t͟hər-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Southernism (audio) \

Definition of Southernism

1 : an attitude or trait characteristic of the South or Southerners especially in the U.S.
2 : a locution or pronunciation characteristic of the southern U.S.

First Known Use of Southernism

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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