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  1. lying toward, situated in, or directed toward the south.
  2. coming from the south, as a wind.
  3. of or relating to the south.
  4. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the South of the United States.
  5. Astronomy. being or located south of the celestial equator or of the zodiac: a southern constellation.
  1. (often initial capital letter) southerner(def 2).
  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.

Origin of southern

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


  1. Terry,1924–95, U.S. novelist and screenwriter.
Related formspro-South·ern, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for southern

austral, meridional, southerly, midi

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British Dictionary definitions for southern


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


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the south of a particular region or country
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Word Origin and History for southern

Old English suðerne, from suð "south" (see south) + -erne, suffix denoting direction. A common Germanic compound, cf. Old Frisian suthern, Old Norse suðroenn, Old High German sundroni.

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