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[suhth -er-ner] /ˈsʌð ər nər/
a native or inhabitant of the south.
(initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the southern U.S.
Origin of southerner
First recorded in 1820-30; southern + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He is a southerner, and at fifteen a southerner is already a man.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • But as she was evidently a southerner it was possible that she was very much younger.

    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!"

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
British Dictionary definitions for southerner


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for southerner

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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