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Sunbelt

or Sun Belt

[suhn-belt]
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noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. the southern and southwestern region of the U.S.

Origin of Sunbelt

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for sun belt

Sunbelt

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

Sunbelt

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sun belt in Culture

Sunbelt

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

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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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