Definition of Old South in English:

Old South

noun

  • The southern states of the US before the Civil War (1861–65)

    • ‘Though it was not solely a sport for aristocrats, quail hunting in the Old South was a favorite pastime of the wealthy planters and blue bloods who sought to emulate European noblemen with their privileges and refinements.’
    • ‘Vanderbilt's ongoing lawsuit is perhaps the latest sign of an ever-increasing clash between the ideals of the New South and the historical legacy of the Old South.’
    • ‘Jacksonville, a city of 720,000 residents in the northeast corner of the state, typifies the intersection of the so-called New South with the legacy of racial and class oppression associated with the Old South.’
    • ‘As the author of our book is a 74-year-old white gentleman from the Old South, which of these fictional creations do you think will absorb his rapt, even obsessive, maybe fetishistic focus?’
    • ‘In recent years scholarly scrutiny of the Old South has revealed a society more complex, and in particular, more ethnoculturally diverse, than previous generations of historians of the region had been inclined to believe.’
    • ‘This is a workmanlike, competent book, but scholars and interested general readers looking for exciting, substantive work on the planters of the Old South should look elsewhere.’
    • ‘The rites and customs of the Old South no longer work.’
    • ‘I have always been a history buff, especially about the Old South.’
    • ‘Second, politically it was contrary to the free trade sentiments of the Old South, and it subverted Southern rights of political self-determination and was, therefore, a violation of the original federal compact.’
    • ‘It is a heritage of the Old South, and emblem of hospitality, and a vehicle in which noble minds can travel together upon the flower-strewn paths of a happy and congenial thought.’
    • ‘Embedded in my guide's narrative was the internal division between the mythic memory of the Old South, embodied in the house, and the present reality of history for those Southerners who remain bitter over the outcome of the war.’
    • ‘We meet pro-integration parents and their opponents; all have gone gray, fading a bit, like those familiar images of the Old South, motionless main streets and ‘colored only’ signs.’
    • ‘Having finally lifted this institution from obscurity and misconception, Hadden's book is must reading for anyone studying the history of American slavery, the Old South, or U.S. law enforcement.’
    • ‘She winds up wearing a gorgeous black coat and homburg-style hat combo which shows that whatever privations war might have brought to the Old South, there's still a branch of DKNY open nearby.’
    • ‘Like Eliot, he posits a dissociation of sensibility: in the Old South, he claims, there was insufficient connection between mind and spirit.’
    • ‘I am a gay man, and I grew up in rural Southern Georgia, the Heart of the Old South.’
    • ‘In this respect, her study goes some way toward answering what remains a critical question: why the relative absence of large-scale slave insurrections in the Old South?’
    • ‘His biographer has rightly called him a ‘southern nationalist’ and the ‘last of the doctrinaires of the Old South.’’
    • ‘He argued instead that the Old South should be viewed as a frontier, a wooded, rich-soiled, sometimes lawless wilderness transformed by the invention of the cotton gin.’
    • ‘The clock of the Old South was striking as I came through Boston, and that is full fifteen minutes agone.’

Pronunciation:

Old South

/ˌōld ˈsouTH/