Definition of southern in English:

southern

Line breaks: south|ern
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌð(ə)n
 
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adjective

1 [attributive] Situated in the south or directed towards or facing the south: the southern hemisphere
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  • We turned off the freeway into southern Nevada and on towards our final destination for the day, the town of Williams, Arizona.
  • The monastery of St. Naum is situated at the southern end of the lake, in the striking natural environment.
  • This too has been a cause of congestion as Market Street narrows towards its southern end.
1.1(Of a wind) blowing from the south: the warm southern wind
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  • Fragrant southern breezes blow down from the mountain tops, and north winds, dampened by the lake, are cool.
  • The southern wind had begun to pick up, clear evidence that a storm was coming.
  • There was a mild southern breeze and it had a unique odor of sandalwood.
2Living in or originating from the south: the southern rural poor
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  • It seems we are already somewhat more sophisticated in our rural debate than our southern cousins.
2.1Relating to or characteristic of the south or its inhabitants: a faintly southern accent
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  • The speech, delivered in a southern accent, trembling with indignation, was the biggest hit of the convention.
  • Russell himself is a Yorkshireman - although you wouldn't know it from the refined southern accent.
  • The robber was six feet tall with black hair and had a southern accent and a yellow fluorescent coat.

Origin

Old English sūtherne (see south, -ern).

Derivatives

southernmost

adjective
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  • The cruise originates and returns to Ushuaia Tierra Del Fuego, the southernmost town in South America near Cape Horn.
  • The world's southernmost radio telescope, owned by the University of Tasmania, is part of a project looking at Saturn's moon Titan.
  • The normally uninhabited island is about 10 miles east of Kuwait City and about 30 miles south of the southernmost tip of Iraq.

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