Cotton Belt



(sometimes lowercase) the part of the southern U.S. where cotton is grown, originally Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, but now often extended to include parts of Texas and California.

Origin of Cotton Belt

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cotton belt

  • Having certain schemes in mind, he had been struck by the fact that the Smith School was in the midst of the Alabama cotton-belt.

  • A good write-up of the cotton-belt with plenty of photographs is a winner any time.

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  • The average ratio for the seventeen counties in Alabama's cotton-belt is less than three to one.

  • When he went to that little lunch with old Mrs. Grey he was not sure that he wanted his sister to leave the cotton-belt just yet.

British Dictionary definitions for cotton belt

cotton belt


a belt of land in the southeastern US that specializes in the production of cotton

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