[suhth-er-niz-uh m]


a pronunciation, expression, or behavioral trait characteristic of the U.S. South.

Origin of southernism

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; Southern + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for southernism

Historical Examples of southernism

  • Somehow her crisp, cleancut speech (Joan had quite abandoned Southernism) made his own seem hideous, drawling, uncouth.

    Why Joan?

    Eleanor Mercein Kelly