Southern Definition

In, of, to, toward, or facing the south.
Webster's New World
Coming from the south.
Southern breezes.
American Heritage
Native to or growing in the south.
American Heritage
From the south.
A southern wind.
Webster's New World
Of or characteristic of the South.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World

Origin of Southern

  • From Middle English southerne, sothern, sutherne, from Old English sūþerne (“southern, southerly, coming from the south; of southern make"), from Proto-Germanic *sunþra (“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 súðrænn (“southern, tropical"). More at south.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English southerne from Old English sūtherne sāwel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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