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
/ (ˈsʌnˌbɛlt) /
the southern states of the USA
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Word Origin and History for sun belt
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Culture definitions for sun belt
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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