South·​ern·​ism ˈsə-t͟hər-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Southernism (audio)
: an attitude or trait characteristic of the South or Southerners especially in the U.S.
: a locution or pronunciation characteristic of the southern U.S.

Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Southernism was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Southernism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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