an·​te·​bel·​lum | \ ˌan-ti-ˈbe-ləm How to pronounce antebellum (audio) \

Definition of antebellum

: existing before a war especially : existing before the American Civil War antebellum houses the antebellum South

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Recent Examples on the Web The jangle of references is a bit disconcerting — what are Sleeping Beauty’s companions doing on an antebellum plantation in northern New Jersey? Justin Davidson, Curbed, 16 June 2021 The boat trips, which are expected to begin in 2022, will feature experiential theater and events related to the antebellum South. New York Times, 9 June 2021 The club has made strides away from its antebellum past. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 6 Apr. 2021 Photos had surfaced of one of the leading contestants, Rachael Kirkconnell, who is white, at a 2018 fraternity party celebrating the antebellum South. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Recent critics have sought to malign America’s classical forms through facile associations with Nazi Germany and the antebellum South. James Panero, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Mothers, who in the antebellum period were described as self-sacrificing vessels of virtue holding the new nation together, began to be held responsible for facilitating – or not - their sons’ ambitions. Martha Saxton, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 The Underground Railroad chronicles Cora Randall's (Mbedu) desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Rachel Yang,, 15 Apr. 2021 First there was the revelation that front-runner Rachael Kirkconnell attended a sorority event themed around celebrating the antebellum South. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of antebellum

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antebellum

Latin ante bellum before the war

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“Antebellum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of antebellum

formal : occurring in the southern U.S. during the time before the American Civil War

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