banana belt


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 Ford, Wall Street Journal, 12 June 1998Anything 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

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First Known Use of banana belt

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Banana belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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