southern

adjective south·ern \ ˈsə-t͟hərn \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of southern

1 capitalized :of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated South
2 a :lying toward the south
b :coming from the south
  • a southern wind

southernmost

play \ˈsə-t͟hərn-ˌmōst\ adjective

southernness

play \ˈsə-t͟hərn-nəs\ noun, often capitalized

Examples of southern in a Sentence

  1. the southern part of the state

  2. the southern shore of the lake

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Origin and Etymology of southern

Middle English southern, southren, from Old English sūtherne; akin to Old High German sundrōni southern, Old English sūth south


Southern

noun

Definition of Southern

:the dialect of English spoken in most of the Chesapeake Bay area, the coastal plain and the greater part of the upland plateau in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and the Gulf states at least as far west as the valley of the Brazos in Texas and sometimes taken to include the south Midland area

First Known Use of southern

1935

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SOUTHERN Defined for English Language Learners

southern

adjective

Definition of southern for English Language Learners

  • : located in or toward the south

  • : of or relating to the south

  • Southern : of or relating to the people born, raised, or living in the southeastern U.S.


SOUTHERN Defined for Kids

southern

adjective south·ern \ ˈsə-t͟hərn \

Definition of southern for Students

1 often capitalized :of, relating to, or like that of the South
  • a southern climate
2 :lying toward or coming from the south
  • southern Asia

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