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  1. a native or inhabitant of the south.
  2. (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the southern U.S.

Origin of southerner

First recorded in 1820–30; southern + -er1
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  • But as she was evidently a Southerner it was possible that she was very much younger.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • He is a Southerner, and at fifteen a Southerner is already a man.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • That "you" is a peculiar characteristic caress of the Southerner.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • She is as good a Southerner as any one, and also as good a Northerner and Westerner.

  • He did see the tip of the Southerner's shirt, and some one else felt him; for at that instant "crack!"


    Henry Morford

British Dictionary definitions for southerner


  1. (sometimes not capital) a native or inhabitant of the south of any specified region, esp the South of England or the Southern states of the US
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Word Origin and History for southerner


1817, American English, from southern. Contrasted with Yankee by 1828.

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