antebellum

[ an-tee-bel-uh m ]
/ ˈæn tiˈbɛl əm /
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adjective

before or existing before a war, especially the American Civil War; prewar: the antebellum plantations of Georgia.

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  1. ante-christum,
  2. ante-mortem,
  3. ante-nicene,
  4. ante-post,
  5. anteater,
  6. antecede,
  7. antecedence,
  8. antecedency,
  9. antecedent,
  10. antecedents

Origin of antebellum

First recorded in 1860–65, antebellum is from the Latin word ante bellum before the war

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British Dictionary definitions for antebellum

antebellum

/ (ˌæntɪˈbɛləm) /

adjective

of or during the period before a war, esp the American Civil Warthe antebellum South

Word Origin for antebellum

Latin ante bellum, literally: before the war

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Word Origin and History for antebellum

antebellum

adj.

also ante-bellum, from Latin phrase ante bellum, literally "before the war;" see ante- + bellicose. In U.S., usually in reference to the American Civil War (1861-65); first attested in a June 14, 1862, entry in Mary Chesnut's diary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for antebellum

antebellum

[ (an-tee-bel-uhm) ]

A descriptive term for objects and institutions, especially houses, that originated three or four decades before the Civil War. Antebellum is Latin for “before the war.”

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