[ suhth-er-ner ]

  1. a native or inhabitant of the south.

  2. (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the southern U.S.

Origin of southerner

First recorded in 1820–30; southern + -er1

Words Nearby southerner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use southerner in a sentence

  • Like any other small-town, traditional southerner, Burns got married.

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  • Vincèn is eloquent, like a true southerner, and tells his experiences with flashing eye and animated gestures.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
  • Well brought up as you are, a southerner, alert and adaptable, you will quickly pick up the routine of the Boulevard.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • This southerner was trembling, defeated and softened by the emotional display of the funeral ceremony.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • And behold our southerner rebounding from the depth of his fall, intoxicated with joy, and full of hope.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • The southerner, deprived of his sun, execrated Paris, which he called a manufactory of rheumatism.

    Unconscious Comedians | Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for Southerner


/ (ˈsʌðənə) /

  1. (sometimes not capital) a native or inhabitant of the south of any specified region, esp the South of England or the Southern states of the US

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