[ suhth-er-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈsʌð ərˌnɪz əm /


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


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We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
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Which of the following bird names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of southernism

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; Southern + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for southernism

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

    Why Joan?|Eleanor Mercein Kelly