re·​gion·​al·​ism | \ ˈrēj-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce regionalism (audio) , ˈrē-jə-nə-ˌli- \

Definition of regionalism

1a : consciousness of and loyalty to a distinct region with a homogeneous population
b : development of a political or social system based on one or more such areas
2 : emphasis on regional locale and characteristics in art or literature
3 : a characteristic feature (as of speech) of a geographic area

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Other Words from regionalism

regionalist \ ˈrēj-​nə-​list How to pronounce regionalist (audio) , ˈrē-​jə-​nə-​list \ noun or adjective
regionalistic \ ˌrēj-​nə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce regionalistic (audio) , ˌrē-​jə-​nə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective

Examples of regionalism in a Sentence

The residents have a strong sense of regionalism. The word “pop” for “soda” is a Midwest regionalism.
Recent Examples on the Web Such failures include Minneapolis, vaunted until now as a paragon of regionalism and good city planning. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Could George Floyd’s death while restrained by white police spark a new civil rights era in Cleveland and other U.S. cities?," 4 June 2020 Siberian intellectuals, students and journalists fostered a new regionalism. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 His bar’s names refer spirits that Vogler believes are capable of expressing regionalism. Esther Mobley,, "Thad Vogler to relocate San Francisco’s Bar Agricole, relaunch Obispo," 11 Feb. 2020 The results of Canada’s national election on Monday have echoes of divisions in other countries across the world where regionalism is intensifying and the urban-rural divide is growing. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Trudeau Re-election Reveals Intensified Divisions in Canada," 22 Oct. 2019 Some of the factors that affected the fight against Boko Haram, especially under the Jonathan government, were pervasive conspiracy theories that played on the country’s fault lines of religion, ethnicity and regionalism. Jideofor Adibe, Quartz Africa, "How Boko Haram went from a peaceful Islamic sect to one of the world’s deadliest terrorists in a decade," 14 Nov. 2019 The brownstones, the jazz clubs, the upscale apartments, the murderous basements are all brought to life with an authenticity and deep regard for a bygone regionalism that’s now buried under several layers of property booms and busts. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Godfather of Harlem’ features great acting, unusual depth — and a killer soundtrack," 28 Sep. 2019 More regionalism of Mexican and Chinese and Japanese and Indian cuisines? Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles is a fantastic pastry town. Here are four places our critic loves.," 31 Aug. 2019 The cover features a photo of a white couple, evoking American Gothic in its artistic regionalism. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of regionalism

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Regionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of regionalism

: interest in or loyalty to a particular region
: a word that is used in a particular region

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