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or Sun Belt

[suhn-belt] /ˈsʌnˌbɛlt/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
the southern and southwestern region of the U.S.
Origin of Sunbelt
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was old and leathery, the way that natives to the Sunbelt could be.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for Sunbelt


the southern states of the USA
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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Sunbelt in Culture

Sunbelt definition

States in the South and Southwest marked by warm climate, rapid economic and population growth in the last two decades, and (often) political conservatism.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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