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antebellum

[ an-tee-bel-uhm ]
/ ˈæn tiˈbɛl əm /
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Definition of antebellum

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

First recorded in 1860–65, antebellum is from Latin 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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Cultural 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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