Definition of antebellum in English:


Syllabification: an·te·bel·lum
Pronunciation: /ˌantēˈbeləm


  • 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'.

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