regionalism

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noun re·gion·al·ism \ ˈrēj-nə-ˌli-zəm , ˈrē-jə-nə-ˌli- \

Definition of regionalism

1 a :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

regionalist

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regionalistic

play \ˌrēj-nə-ˈlis-tik, ˌrē-jə-nə-ˈlis-\ adjective

Examples of regionalism in a Sentence

  1. The residents have a strong sense of regionalism.

  2. The word “pop” for “soda” is a Midwest regionalism.

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First Known Use of regionalism

1871


REGIONALISM Defined for English Language Learners

regionalism

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Definition of regionalism for English Language Learners

  • : interest in or loyalty to a particular region

  • : a word that is used in a particular region


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