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or Sun Belt

noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. 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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  • He was old and leathery, the way that natives to the Sunbelt could be.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for sunbelt


  1. the southern states of the USA
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Word Origin and History for sunbelt



1969, with reference to the Southern U.S., from sun (n.) + belt (n.).

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sunbelt in Culture


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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