The definition of antebellum refers to some time period before a war happened, particularly with the Civil War in the U.S.
Slavery in the US can be described as an antebellum practice.
before the war; specif., before the American Civil War
Origin of antebellumClassical Latin ante bellum
Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.
Origin of antebellumFrom Latin ante bellum, before the war : ante, before; see ante– + bellum, war.
- Of the time period prior to a war.
- A renewed sense of national pride arose in Hitler's antebellum Germany.
- In the United States of America, of the period prior to the American Civil War, especially in reference to the culture of the southern states.
- Slavery was an accepted part of antebellum plantation life.