Definition of southern in English:



  • 1[attributive] Situated in the south or directed towards or facing the south:

    ‘the southern hemisphere’
    • ‘It juts out into the water like a finger pointing at the southern Maine coast.’
    • ‘Along this portion of coast we have some of the most diverse and rich bird life on the southern African coast.’
    • ‘Agadir, on the Atlantic coast of southern Morocco, is a modern town of no particular distinction.’
    • ‘Sheep once again graze the surrounding hillside and shiny new tractors work the fields near the southern coast.’
    • ‘It wasn't until I got back home that I figured out what makes the southern coast unique, in this island at least.’
    • ‘Singapore is situated at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula to which it is connected by a causeway carrying a road and railway.’
    • ‘At issue is a pocket of land at Recherche Bay on Tasmania's southern coast.’
    • ‘It has lost strength, but it's still on track to make landfall near the southern Texas coast.’
    • ‘Rescue crews were heading toward Margate, on the southern English coast, where they hoped to let the whale back out to sea.’
    • ‘In fact it is situated about halfway between Sommières and the southern coast of France.’
    • ‘To the east lies the wild promontory of Portofino, whose southern coast is accessible only on foot or by sea.’
    • ‘Travelling towards the southern city of Galle, one can see plenty of evidence of the lack of any reconstruction.’
    • ‘The monastery of St. Naum is situated at the southern end of the lake, in the striking natural environment.’
    • ‘It stands on a rocky shoreline on the southern coast of Gibraltar, just a few miles away from the African continent.’
    • ‘We turned off the freeway into southern Nevada and on towards our final destination for the day, the town of Williams, Arizona.’
    • ‘The dining hall went past my quarters towards the southern side of the building.’
    • ‘It spawns in the Indian Ocean south of Java and then migrates around Australia's southern coast.’
    • ‘This is the largest archaeological site in southern Iraq, situated east of the present course of the Euphrates.’
    • ‘A large number of new hotels are being built along the southern coast.’
    • ‘This too has been a cause of congestion as Market Street narrows towards its southern end.’
    southern, southerly, southwardly, meridional, antarctic, polar
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    1. 1.1 (of a wind) blowing from the south:
      ‘the warm southern wind’
      • ‘Fragrant southern breezes blow down from the mountain tops, and north winds, dampened by the lake, are cool.’
      • ‘The southern wind had begun to pick up, clear evidence that a storm was coming.’
      • ‘There was a mild southern breeze and it had a unique odor of sandalwood.’
  • 2Living in or originating from the south:

    ‘the southern rural poor’
    • ‘It seems we are already somewhat more sophisticated in our rural debate than our southern cousins.’
    1. 2.1 Relating to or characteristic of the south or its inhabitants:
      ‘a faintly southern accent’
      • ‘Russell himself is a Yorkshireman - although you wouldn't know it from the refined southern accent.’
      • ‘I drew out my southern accent, making Ellie giggle and breaking a bit of the tension.’
      • ‘Ricky continued in his thick southern accent as he shook his head in annoyance.’
      • ‘Ciara is friendly, with a southern accent that sends the end of each sentence scurrying upwards.’
      • ‘At first there were slips in the southern accent, but by the end he could've fooled anybody with it.’
      • ‘Crane spoke with a hint of a southern accent but commanded respect nonetheless.’
      • ‘The woman on the phone had the strongest southern accent; it made me want to laugh.’
      • ‘One of the girls is Doreen who has bleached blond hair, blue eyes and a southern accent.’
      • ‘He has a girlfriend over there, laps up every moment of the warm weather and has even softened his accent with the hint of a southern drawl.’
      • ‘The robber was six feet tall with black hair and had a southern accent and a yellow fluorescent coat.’
      • ‘His voice was rough with a southern accent only noticeable from certain words and his slight drawl.’
      • ‘It wasn't that Mr Prince wasn't funny, it was just that he had such a strong southern accent that we couldn't understand a word he said.’
      • ‘He remembered how when she was angry, her southern accent appeared, ever so slightly.’
      • ‘Police want to trace two men and a woman who spoke with a southern accent and were seen in a number of pubs the night before the burglary.’
      • ‘I noticed he was a good head taller than Jeff was, and he had a slight southern accent.’
      • ‘The speech, delivered in a southern accent, trembling with indignation, was the biggest hit of the convention.’
      • ‘The soft curse is given a certain punch by the distinctive southern accent that goes with it.’
      • ‘Nathan had to admit that hearing her slight southern accent was enough to put a smile on his face.’
      • ‘She had even changed her accent, hiding her southern drawl with a British crispiness.’
      • ‘Nancy had a very thick southern accent, and was very active in the church.’


Old English sūtherne (see south, -ern).