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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Situated in, toward, or facing the south.
  • adj. Coming from the south: southern breezes.
  • adj. Native to or growing in the south.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of southern regions or the South.
  • adj. Being south of the equator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the south.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a southern region, especially Southern Europe or the southern United States.
  • adj. Of a wind: blowing from the south; southerly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the south; situated in, or proceeding from, the south; situated or proceeding toward the south.
  • n. A Southerner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the south, or a region, place, or point which is nearer the south than some other region, place, or point indicated; situated in the south; specifically, in the United States, belonging to those States or that part of the Union called the South (see south, n., 3). Abbreviated S.
  • Directed or leading toward the south or a point near it: as, to steer a southern course.
  • Coming from the south; southerly: as, a southern breeze.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of the south, of a southern country, or of the southern part of a country. Compare southron.
  • Same as south, 1, or souther.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. situated in or oriented toward the south
  • adj. from the south; used especially of wind
  • adj. situated in or coming from regions of the south
  • adj. in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line

Etymologies

Middle English southerne, from Old English sūtherne; see sāwel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 sūthern, sūdern ("southern"), Middle Low German sūdern ("southern"), Middle High German sundern ("southern"), Icelandic súðrænn ("southern, tropical"). More at south. (Wiktionary)

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