me·​rid·​i·​o·​nal | \ mə-ˈri-dē-ə-nᵊl How to pronounce meridional (audio) \

Definition of meridional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or situated in the south : southern
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of people living in the south especially of France
3 : of, relating to, or situated on or along a meridian



Definition of meridional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a native or inhabitant of southern Europe and especially southern France

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meridionally \ mə-​ˈri-​dē-​ə-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce meridionally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of meridional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Scientists say a long-term pattern of climate variability called the Atlantic meridional mode helps determine the level of hurricane activity. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Conditions That Form More Hurricanes Also Protect U.S., Study Finds," 4 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, called AMOC, is a key conveyor belt for ocean water and air, creating weather. CBS News, "Global warming is slowing Atlantic Ocean circulation, study finds," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of meridional


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meridional


Middle English, from Middle French meridionel, from Late Latin meridionalis, from Latin meridies

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The first known use of meridional was in the 14th century

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me·​rid·​i·​o·​nal | \ mə-ˈrid-ē-ən-ᵊl How to pronounce meridional (audio) \

Medical Definition of meridional

: of, relating to, or situated on or along a meridian meridional differences in the acuity of vision meridional and circular fibers of the ciliary muscle

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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