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or Sun Belt

[suhn-belt] /ˈsʌnˌbɛlt/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
the southern and southwestern region of the U.S.
Origin of Sunbelt
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for sun belt


the southern states of the USA
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Word Origin and History for sun belt



1969, with reference to the Southern U.S., from sun (n.) + belt (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sun belt in Culture

Sunbelt definition

States in the South and Southwest marked by warm climate, rapid economic and population growth in the last two decades, and (often) political conservatism.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Idioms and Phrases with sun belt

sun belt

The southern and southwestern United States, as in Retirees have been moving to the sun belt for years. It is so called for its warm climate. [ Mid-1900s ]
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