southern

[suhth-ern]
adjective
1.
lying toward, situated in, or directed toward the south.
2.
coming from the south, as a wind.
3.
of or pertaining to the south.
4.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the South of the United States.
5.
Astronomy. being or located south of the celestial equator or of the zodiac: a southern constellation.
noun
6.
(often initial capital letter) southerner ( def 2 ).
7.
(initial capital letter) the dialect of English spoken in the eastern parts of Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas, in Florida, in the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and in southeastern Texas.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English sūtherne. See south, -ern

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Southern

[suhth-ern]
noun
Terry, 1924–95, U.S. novelist and screenwriter.

pro-Southern, adjective
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southern (ˈsʌðən)
 
adj
1.  situated in or towards the south
2.  (of a wind, etc) coming from the south
3.  native to, inhabiting, or growing in the south
4.  (sometimes capital) astronomy south of the celestial equator

Southern (ˈsʌðən)
 
adj
of, relating to, or characteristic of the south of a particular region or country

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southern
O.E. suðerne, from suð "south" (see south) + -erne, suffix denoting direction.
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Example sentences
The southern growth rate has recently been only half that of the north.
The southern plains was the last chance for them to own something.
The words southern pacific were borne in a large serif font in white.
The southern lights, an aurora that appears in the southern hemisphere.
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