Definition of antebellum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌan(t)ēˈbeləm/


Occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War: the conventions of the antebellum South
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  • How democratic was the Democratic Party in the South during the antebellum and Civil War periods?
  • Parallels to antebellum America have been made repeatedly.
  • The antebellum decades were not all that terrific either.


Mid 19th century: from Latin, from ante 'before' and bellum 'war'.

Words that rhyme with antebellum

cerebellum, elm, helm, overwhelm, pelham, realm, underwhelm, vellum

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Syllabification: an·te·bel·lum

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