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southern

[ suhth-ern ]
/ ˈsʌð ərn /
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adjective

noun

(often initial capital letter) southerner (def. 2).
(initial capital letter) the dialect of English spoken in the eastern parts of Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas, in Florida, in the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and in southeastern Texas.

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Origin of southern

before 900; Middle English; Old English sūtherne.See south, -ern

Definition for southern (2 of 2)

Southern
[ suhth-ern ]
/ ˈsʌð ərn /

noun

Terry, 1924–95, U.S. novelist and screenwriter.

OTHER WORDS FROM Southern

pro-Southern, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for southern (1 of 2)

southern
/ (ˈsʌðən) /

adjective

situated in or towards the south
(of a wind, etc) coming from the south
native to, inhabiting, or growing in the south
(sometimes capital) astronomy south of the celestial equator

British Dictionary definitions for southern (2 of 2)

Southern
/ (ˈsʌðən) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of the south of a particular region or country
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