down under

adverb or adjective, often capitalized D&U

Definition of down under

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to or in Australia or New Zealand

Down Under

geographical name

Definition of Down Under (Entry 2 of 2)

Australia or New Zealand

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In just under a fortnight, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will embark on their first official overseas trip as a royal couple, heading down under to visit Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand in a whirlwind, 16-day-long trip. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle May Wear a Tiara for the First Time Since the Royal Wedding During Her Tour with Prince Harry," 5 Oct. 2018 But why fly all the way down under just for some culinary kicks? Adam Sachs, Town & Country, "How Tasmania Became the Food World’s Newest Culinary Odyssey," 20 Sep. 2018 At least 12 weeks into her pregnancy already, Meghan is clearly prepared to make some changes to her wardrobe to keep things as comfortable as possible during their time down under. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Ditched the Heels and Changed Into Flats During Her First Royal Tour Appearance," 16 Oct. 2018 The socialite has also called Australia home for a brief period, spending several months down under during the summer of 2015-2016 while working as an ambassador at racing and polo events. Hannah Paine, Fox News, "Why Princess Diana's niece doesn't mind being in the spotlight," 15 July 2018 Confidence: Medium Tonight: A few evening showers and storms possible before everything settles down under partly cloudy skies. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Afternoon showers and storms, then dry through the end of the workweek," 5 June 2018 During the session, Jennings lays down under a blanket with her eyes closed. Natalie Stone,, "Jazz Jennings Tears Up During Past Life Regression Therapy: I'm 'Still Hungry to Be Accepted'," 13 Feb. 2018 The laps clicked down under caution with Sadler and Blaney leading the field of 28 cars, down 12 from the 40 that started. Steven Cole Smith,, "Kyle Larson takes Firecracker 250 after wild finish," 7 July 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the royal couple now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are heading down under this fall. Melissa Locker, Time, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Follow Princess Diana's Tradition With Their Next Big Move," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of down under

Adverb or adjective

1886, in the meaning defined above

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