- in, of, to, toward, or facing the south
- from the south: a southern wind
- [usuallyS-] of or characteristic of the South
- [S-] designating a dialect of American English spoken in the Delmarva Peninsula, the Va. Piedmont, E N.C. and S.C., Ga., Fla., Ark., Tenn., and the states along the Gulf of Mexico
Origin of southernMiddle English from Old English suthern
- Situated in, toward, or facing the south.
- Coming from the south: southern breezes.
- Native to or growing in the south.
- often Southern Of, relating to, or characteristic of southern regions or the South.
- Being south of the equator.
Origin of southernMiddle English southerne from Old English sūtherne ; see sāwel- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more southern, superlative most southern)
From Middle English southerne, sothern, sutherne, from Old English sÅ«Ã¾erne (“southern, southerly, coming from the south; of southern make"), from Proto-Germanic *sunÃ¾ra (“southwards"), from Proto-Indo-European *sun-, *swen- (“sun"). Cognate with Scots southron, sudron (“southern"), Old Frisian sÅ«thern, sÅ«dern (“southern"), Middle Low German sÅ«dern (“southern"), Middle High German sundern (“southern"), Icelandic sÃºÃ°rÃ¦nn (“southern, tropical"). More at south.
(comparative more Southern, superlative most Southern)
- (not in US) from or pertaining to the southern part of any region
- (chiefly US) from or pertaining to the South, the south-eastern states of the United States, or to the inhabitants or culture of that region.