[ muh-rid-ee-uh-nl ]
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  1. of, relating to, or resembling a meridian.

  2. characteristic of the south or of people inhabiting the south, especially of France.

  1. southern; southerly.

  1. an inhabitant of the south, especially the south of France.

Origin of meridional

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin merīdiōnālis “southern,” modeled on septentriōnālis “northern.”See meridian, -al1

Other words from meridional

  • me·rid·i·o·nal·ly, adverb
  • trans·me·rid·i·o·nal, adjective
  • trans·me·rid·i·o·nal·ly, adverb
  • un·me·rid·i·o·nal, adjective
  • un·me·rid·i·o·nal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby meridional Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use meridional in a sentence

  • Should we be successful, and be able to complete this exceedingly important meridional traverse through an unknown part of Tibet?

  • The partiality of the meridional for unencumbered interiors had something to do with making the procession path thirty feet wide.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • Ethiopia is departed in two principal parts, and that is the East part and the meridional part.

  • For the resulting vision of herself in the splendour of her beauty, she sat waiting the meridional sun.

    Lilith | George MacDonald
  • A more direct effect of terrestrial rotation has been claimed in the case of rivers which flow in a meridional direction.

British Dictionary definitions for meridional


/ (məˈrɪdɪənəl) /

  1. along, relating to, or resembling a meridian

  2. characteristic of or located in the south, esp of Europe

  1. an inhabitant of the south, esp of France

Origin of meridional

C14: from Late Latin merīdiōnālis southern; see meridian; for form, compare septentriōnālis septentrional

Derived forms of meridional

  • meridionally, adverb

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Scientific definitions for meridional


[ mə-rĭdē-ə-nəl ]

  1. Of or relating to meridians or a meridian.

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