(comparative more southern, superlative most southern)
- Of, facing, situated in, or related to the south.
- Of or pertaining to a southern region, especially Southern Europe or the southern United States.
- The southern climate.
- Of a wind: blowing from the south; southerly.
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.