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 Ford, Wall Street Journal, 12 June 1998
Anything south of here is considered Oregon's banana belt—temperatures run higher than elsewhere on the Oregon coast.Jacques Von Lunen, Oregonian, 2 June 2009

Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of banana belt was in 1873

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“Banana belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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