Definition of antebellum
: existing before a war; especially : existing before the American Civil War antebellum houses the antebellum South
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Tours of the antebellum residence built between 1840 and 1844 are offered most days.
Tubman escaped from slavery in antebellum Maryland to become a leading abolitionist.
But there is more to Coppola’s moody sorcery than an eye for fine embroidery and antebellum real estate.
Just across St. Charles Avenue, four blocks from Dryades Street, is the Garden District and its stately antebellum mansions.
With its bourgeoning restaurant scene, indie music venues, antebellum haunts and hip new neighborhoods near Historic Downtown — and, of course, its open container policy — Savannah is a must-see American city.
Dueling in the antebellum period caused at least three of the fatalities.
An antebellum mansion remains at the site, and a Masonic Lodge and a few other buildings were moved a few miles to Perdue Hill, where they are preserved along the roadside.
But slavery has taken various forms in different places, and some Filipino readers have argued that Westerners who read the story in terms of antebellum American slavery were guilty of ethnocentrism.
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Did You Know?
Antebellum means "before the war," but it wasn’t widely associated with the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865) until after that conflict was over. The word comes from the Latin phrase ante bellum (literally, "before the war"), and its earliest known print appearance in English dates back to the 1840s. The term's earliest known association with the Civil War is found in an 1862 diary entry: "Her face was as placid and unmoved as in antebellum days." The author of that line, Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut, recorded her observations of life during the Civil War in A Diary from Dixie, often while accompanying her husband, an officer in the Confederate army, on his missions.
Origin and Etymology of antebellum
Latin ante bellum before the war
First Known Use: 1826See Words from the same year
ANTEBELLUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of antebellum for English Language Learners
: occurring in the southern U.S. during the time before the American Civil War
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