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

Other Words from regionalism

regionalist \ ˈrēj-​nə-​list How to pronounce regionalism (audio) , ˈrē-​jə-​nə-​list \ noun or adjective
regionalistic \ ˌrēj-​nə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce regionalism (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 Wray talked regionalism with Tom Condon, the Mirror’s urban and regional affairs reporter. Hartford Courant, 14 Apr. 2022 Although his sharp eye and accurate ear capture a place, its people and a time in a masterly way, his work goes far beyond regionalism. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 Some legislators and organizations such as the Connecticut Council of Municipalities and the MetroHartford Alliance are encouraging regionalism. Hartford Courant, 14 Apr. 2022 Strout said her mother was a victim of regionalism. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Mar. 2022 As lococentric novels like Sheep Rock make apparent, Stewart knew his country almost to a fault—his work has sometimes been dismissed as mere regionalism. Matthew Sherrill, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 The reconstituted board -- made up of eight Dallas seats and the rest spread among the surrounding DART member cities -- has since been far smarter about balancing the core city’s best interest with a commitment to regionalism. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 The debates on the AASHO’s plan were subject to much bickering and regionalism, in the most American ways. Dominic Pino, National Review, 13 June 2021 Factionalism plagued congress and regionalism challenged the military and the agreement reached with congress was ultimately not satisfactory. Kevin Dayhoff,, 4 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of regionalism

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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