Definition of southern in English:


Syllabification: south·ern
Pronunciation: /ˈsəT͟Hərn


  • 1 [attributive] Situated in the south or directed toward 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.
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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.
  • 2.1Of, relating 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˌmōst/
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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.


Old English sūtherne (see south, -ern).

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