- lying toward, situated in, or directed toward the south.
- coming from the south, as a wind.
- of or relating to the south.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the South of the United States.
- Astronomy. being or located south of the celestial equator or of the zodiac: a southern constellation.
- (often initial capital letter) southerner(def 2).
- (initial capital letter) the dialect of English spoken in the eastern parts of Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas, in Florida, in the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and in southeastern Texas.
Origin of southern
- Terry,1924–95, U.S. novelist and screenwriter.
Examples from the Web for southern
In Afghanistan, there was a push to take back the southern province Helmand.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Although Southern did not automatically equal neo-Confederate, at times the distinction could easily get lost.
Rather, it was the Democrats who initially were the Southern Party.
We see the Southern segregationists who threatened his life and that of his family on an almost daily basis.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy, summed up the Southern attitude in his 1861 Cornerstone Speech.
Of this breed there are supposed to be about three millions in our Southern provinces.
Five men were floating about in a boat in the Southern ocean.Brave and Bold
Harriet was known by various names among her Southern friends.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Somebody had said that we had plenty of Dominicans already in the Southern States.
We have the deep warm blue of a southern sky and burning sunshine.The Roof of France
- situated in or towards the south
- (of a wind, etc) coming from the south
- native to, inhabiting, or growing in the south
- (sometimes capital) astronomy south of the celestial equator
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the south of a particular region or country
Word Origin and History for southern
Old English suðerne, from suð "south" (see south) + -erne, suffix denoting direction. A common Germanic compound, cf. Old Frisian suthern, Old Norse suðroenn, Old High German sundroni.