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[suhth -er-ner] /ˈsʌð ər nər/
a native or inhabitant of the south.
(initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the southern U.S.
Origin of southerner
1820-30; southern + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Take in slack, boy, take in slack," shouted the southerner.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • And even if they should fight could not one southerner whip four Yankees?

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • These strangers consist of an American general, who is a southerner, his attractive wife, and a singularly beautiful daughter.

  • For the doctor was a southerner, as many of the army people are.

  • His hard gaze challenged the southerner; did more than challenge—weighed and condemned.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for southerner


(sometimes not capital) a native or inhabitant of the south of any specified region, esp the South of England or the Southern states of the US
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for southerner

1817, American English, from southern. Contrasted with Yankee by 1828.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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