re·​gion·​al·​ism ˈrēj-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce regionalism (audio)
: consciousness of and loyalty to a distinct region with a homogeneous population
: development of a political or social system based on one or more such areas
: emphasis on regional locale and characteristics in art or literature
: a characteristic feature (as of speech) of a geographic area
ˈrēj-nə-list How to pronounce regionalism (audio)
noun or adjective
ˌrēj-nə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce regionalism (audio)

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 Mass media and corporate marketing spelled an end to regionalism, creating an artificial culture that can be mass-produced and mass-marketed. Joel Selvin, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Nov. 2023 Football, for all its unabashed ties to virulent tribalism or staunch regionalism, makes those inherent differences fairly difficult to mend. Tyler R. Tynes, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 The installation, which will be on display until September 2024, is structured by themes including origins, innovation, sounds of hip-hop, fashion, entrepreneurialism, media, community and regionalism. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 6 Oct. 2023 And one of the best things about American independent movies, especially in the modern age of first-person filmmaking, is their regionalism. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2023 Those who did take the stage, including Run-DMC, Rakim, Big Boi of Outkast, Busta Rhymes and Lil Baby, needed to represent not only the various eras of hip-hop, but also its regionalism, Robinson, the producer and veteran choreographer, said in an interview. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2023 To help the Pacific Island respond to the threat, the US said it and its allies and partners -- Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom -- would establish the Partners in the Blue Pacific to support Pacific priorities and boost Pacific regionalism. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, 12 July 2022 Think of Jackson Pollock, whose work combined the regionalism of Thomas Hart Benton with aspects of Navajo sand painting, Surrealist automatism, Picasso’s linear fragmentations, and the compositional dynamism of the sixteenth-century Venetian masters. David Salle, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2022 Housed in the historic Navarre Building, a former 1880s saloon, the collection spans two centuries of work from American expeditionary painting, landscapes, American narrative painting, modernism, regionalism and more. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 27 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of regionalism was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Regionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​gion·​al·​ism ˈrēj-nəl-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce regionalism (audio)
: the quality of being conscious of and loyal to a particular region
: the practice of using a particular region as the setting in art or literature
: an individual quality (as of speech) of a geographic area
regionalist noun or adjective
regionalistic adjective

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