Definition of antebellum in English:

antebellum

adjective

  • [attributive] Occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War.

    ‘the conventions of the antebellum South’
    • ‘The town's older buildings have gradually disappeared, but some physical reminders of the antebellum era remain.’
    • ‘The residents who profited most from Virginia's antebellum society, however, fought the hardest to maintain it.’
    • ‘The authors assert that the tariff was a crucial, if not the main, economic source of divisiveness during the antebellum era.’
    • ‘In colonial and antebellum America, slaves could buy their freedom, but only with the acquiescence of their masters.’
    • ‘The antebellum South was a society founded on the traditional family of husband, wife, and children.’
    • ‘How democratic was the Democratic Party in the South during the antebellum and Civil War periods?’
    • ‘The antebellum Southeast was without electricity, recorded music, television, movies, or radio.’
    • ‘The antebellum South was famous for its militarism.’
    • ‘In many respects it bears almost no relation to the type of state-sanctioned endemic slavery that existed in Ancient Rome and the antebellum American South.’
    • ‘The antebellum decades were not all that terrific either.’
    • ‘The slave narrative is the best single source we have for the lived experience of bondage in the antebellum period.’
    • ‘We had heirloom roses growing in our backyard that locals said had been planted during the antebellum days.’
    • ‘History buffs will want to visit the restored antebellum plantation house located to the north-east of Bradenton.’
    • ‘It may be that this story is unique to Louisiana in the late antebellum period, but this would hardly lessen the volume's significance.’
    • ‘Parallels to antebellum America have been made repeatedly.’
    • ‘His research explores the question of economic development within the slave economies of the antebellum American South.’
    • ‘During the last decades of the antebellum period, indeed, nearly half of Virginia's white migrants moved north.’
    • ‘Houses from the nineteenth century are similar to antebellum architecture of the American South, with verandas and classical columns.’
    • ‘South Carolina is a state of palm trees, antebellum homes and genuine Southern charm.’
    • ‘It's interesting to me, Valerie, that you would choose to write about the antebellum slavery era.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin, from ante before and bellum war.

Pronunciation:

antebellum

/ˌan(t)ēˈbeləm/