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 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 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 This sort of culinary regionalism was and still is common throughout China, with different areas becoming associated with particular food products. Megan Zhang, CNN, 13 May 2021 Eddy Kraus was Budish’s regionalism director from early 2015 through November 2017, when he was elected mayor of Solon. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2021 Neither will false claims about the efficacy of regionalism or other progressive pipe dreams. Bob Stefanowski, WSJ, 1 Jan. 2021 Next year’s president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities will be Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, who has frequently used his platform to evangelize about regionalism. Rebecca Lurye,, 21 Dec. 2020 In these two democracies of many similarities—of big cities and vast landscapes, wheat fields and oil fields, multiethnic populations and intense regionalism—the contrast in the response to the global pandemic could not have been more stark. Elisabeth Eaves, Wired, 1 Oct. 2020 Any interstate rivalries and regionalism aside, California and Oregon are in the same straits: suffering the same smoky air, ecological destruction and foreboding skies. Annie Vainshtein,, 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of regionalism

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Regionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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