or Sun Belt


Origin of Sunbelt

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of sunbelt

Historical Examples of sunbelt

  • 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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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