Sunbelt

or Sun Belt

[ suhn-belt ]
/ ˈsʌnˌbɛlt /

noun (sometimes lowercase)

the southern and southwestern region of the U.S.

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Origin of Sunbelt

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for sun belt

Sunbelt
/ (ˈsʌnˌbɛlt) /

noun

the southern states of the USA
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Cultural definitions for sun belt

Sunbelt

States in the South and Southwest marked by warm climate, rapid economic and population growth in the last two decades, and (often) political conservatism.

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Idioms and Phrases with sun belt

sun belt

The southern and southwestern United States, as in Retirees have been moving to the sun belt for years. It is so called for its warm climate. [Mid-1900s]

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