banana belt

noun

Definition of banana belt

US, informal
:a warm region usually used in an exaggerated or facetious way to refer a relatively warm area in a region known for its cold climate
  • … our last days on the peninsula (the arm of Antarctica that polar scientists disdain as the “Banana Belt”) …
  • —Kate FordWall Street Journal12 June 1998
  • Anything south of here is considered Oregon's banana belt—temperatures run higher than elsewhere on the Oregon coast.
  • —Jacques Von LunenOregonian2 June 2009

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First Known Use of banana belt

1873


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