south

1 of 3

adverb

1
: to, toward, or in the south
a house facing south
2
: into a state of decline or ruin
causes the sluggish economy to go southG. F. Will

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south

2 of 3

adjective

1
: situated toward or at the south
the south entrance
2
: coming from the south
a south wind

south

3 of 3

noun

1
a
: the direction of the south terrestrial pole : the direction to the right of one facing east
b
: the compass point directly opposite to north
2
capitalized : regions or countries lying to the south of a specified or implied point of orientation
especially : the southeastern part of the U.S.
3
: the right side of a church looking toward the altar from the nave
4
often capitalized
a
: the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the south or at the bottom of a diagram
b
: a person (such as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity
specifically : the declarer in bridge
5
often capitalized : the developing nations of the world : third world sense 1 compare north sense 2b

Examples of south in a Sentence

Adverb Turn south onto Elm Street. It's a mile south of here. The birds fly south in the winter. The company's profits have gone south in recent months. The TV show's ratings have been heading south. Noun The wind blew from the south. The birds migrate from the South. Parts of the South were hit hard by the storm. I grew up in the South. The American Civil War was between the North and the South.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
According to forensic mapping by Rochester police, preliminary information indicates the State Patrol car was traveling east on 12th Street and the Ford Focus was traveling west on 12th Street, turning south into Apache Mall. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, 21 May 2024 The groups drive as far south as Texas and as far north as the Canadian border, chasing images on a radar screen and then patiently waiting for a storm to form. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for south 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English sūth; akin to Old High German sund- south and probably to Old English sunne sun

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of south was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“South.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/south. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

south

1 of 3 adverb
: to or toward the south

south

2 of 3 adjective
1
: situated toward or at the south
the south entrance
2
: coming from the south
a south wind

south

3 of 3 noun
1
a
: the direction to the right of one facing east
b
: the compass point opposite to north
2
capitalized : regions or countries south of a point that is mentioned or understood
especially : the southeastern part of the U.S.

Biographical Definition

South

biographical name

Robert 1634–1716 English clergyman

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