- before or existing before a war, especially the American Civil War; prewar: the antebellum plantations of Georgia.
Origin of antebellum
First recorded in 1860–65, antebellum is from the Latin word ante bellum before the war
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Examples from the Web for antebellum
I know Tom Woods is an intriguing writer, and I too love my liberty, but this is no longer the antebellum era.Rand Paul and Nullification
January 17, 2013
Banjos and fiddles (violins) were owned only limitedly by antebellum Negroes.
The subjects upon which the antebellum Negro preached, however, were comparatively few.
That was in the antebellum days, before men realized they couldn't oppress their fellows with impunity.The Open Question
If Republicans stand for crude force, and Democrats for antebellum sentimentality, both are doomed together.Psycho-Phone Messages
It is as handsome as their splendid plate of antebellum days, which was destroyed by fire.
- of or during the period before a war, esp the American Civil Warthe antebellum South
Latin ante bellum, literally: before the war
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Word Origin and History for antebellum
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