re·​gion·​al·​ism | \ ˈrēj-nə-ˌli-zəm , 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 , ˈrē-​jə-​nə-​list \ noun or adjective
regionalistic \ ˌrēj-​nə-​ˈli-​stik , 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.

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The president believes this is about judicial philosophy, constitutionalism, regionalism versus judicial activism. Fox News, "Senate fight awaits Trump's Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 Power is diffuse — the rise of globalism and regionalism and, its equal and opposite reaction, nativism, compounded by corporations beholden to no state, non-state actors with no morality, and mass movements with no leaders. Barbara K. Bodine, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘War on Peace,’ by Ronan Farrow," 17 May 2018 In a country where officials are often suspicious of regionalism, club bosses are trying to appeal to the pride of Cantonese speakers. The Economist, "A Chinese football club seeks to be the new Barcelona," 17 May 2018 Transdev also runs ferry service for RTA from Algiers to Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish, marking a rare stroke of regionalism loosely organized around one company. Beau Evans,, "How does the New Orleans area get true regional transit?," 20 May 2018 Kevin Kamenetz’s death leaves a large void in the cause of city-county relations, the promise in regionalism, progressive government and honorable service to the common good. Dan Rodricks,, "Kevin Kamenetz, the pragmatic progressive," 11 May 2018 TouchTunes erodes the premise of quaint regionalism as bars of all kinds transform into Top 40 danceries. Lauren Michele Jackson, The Atlantic, "Digital Jukeboxes Make Every Bar’s Vibe the Same," 8 May 2018 The concert was almost exclusively film music, but the first half, conducted by Stéphane Denève, slipped in a bit of mediocre regionalism with Williams’ A Hymn to New England. Peter Dobrin,, "Is John Williams the next Kendrik Lamar? His Philadelphia Orchestra visit made us think, why not?," 19 Apr. 2018 Why hasn’t regionalism caught on more strongly with Bay Area bars? Lou Bustamante, San Francisco Chronicle, "With the idea of regionalism, will more Bay Area bars champion local spirits?," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of regionalism

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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