Definition of southern in English:



  • 1attributive Situated in the south or directed toward or facing the south.

    ‘the southern hemisphere’
    • ‘Agadir, on the Atlantic coast of southern Morocco, is a modern town of no particular distinction.’
    • ‘At issue is a pocket of land at Recherche Bay on Tasmania's southern coast.’
    • ‘A large number of new hotels are being built along the southern coast.’
    • ‘It has lost strength, but it's still on track to make landfall near the southern Texas coast.’
    • ‘It stands on a rocky shoreline on the southern coast of Gibraltar, just a few miles away from the African continent.’
    • ‘Rescue crews were heading toward Margate, on the southern English coast, where they hoped to let the whale back out to sea.’
    • ‘To the east lies the wild promontory of Portofino, whose southern coast is accessible only on foot or by sea.’
    • ‘It wasn't until I got back home that I figured out what makes the southern coast unique, in this island at least.’
    • ‘It juts out into the water like a finger pointing at the southern Maine coast.’
    • ‘We turned off the freeway into southern Nevada and on towards our final destination for the day, the town of Williams, Arizona.’
    • ‘It spawns in the Indian Ocean south of Java and then migrates around Australia's southern coast.’
    • ‘In fact it is situated about halfway between Sommières and the southern coast of France.’
    • ‘The dining hall went past my quarters towards the southern side of the building.’
    • ‘Singapore is situated at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula to which it is connected by a causeway carrying a road and railway.’
    • ‘Sheep once again graze the surrounding hillside and shiny new tractors work the fields near the southern coast.’
    • ‘This too has been a cause of congestion as Market Street narrows towards its southern end.’
    • ‘The monastery of St. Naum is situated at the southern end of the lake, in the striking natural environment.’
    • ‘Along this portion of coast we have some of the most diverse and rich bird life on the southern African coast.’
    • ‘Travelling towards the southern city of Galle, one can see plenty of evidence of the lack of any reconstruction.’
    • ‘This is the largest archaeological site in southern Iraq, situated east of the present course of the Euphrates.’
    southerly, southwardly, meridional, antarctic, polar
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    1. 1.1 (of a wind) blowing from the south.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fragrant southern breezes blow down from the mountain tops, and north winds, dampened by the lake, are cool.’
  • 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’
      • ‘Crane spoke with a hint of a southern accent but commanded respect nonetheless.’
      • ‘He remembered how when she was angry, her southern accent appeared, ever so slightly.’
      • ‘Russell himself is a Yorkshireman - although you wouldn't know it from the refined southern accent.’
      • ‘Nancy had a very thick southern accent, and was very active in the church.’
      • ‘Nathan had to admit that hearing her slight southern accent was enough to put a smile on his face.’
      • ‘Ciara is friendly, with a southern accent that sends the end of each sentence scurrying upwards.’
      • ‘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 speech, delivered in a southern accent, trembling with indignation, was the biggest hit of the convention.’
      • ‘The robber was six feet tall with black hair and had a southern accent and a yellow fluorescent coat.’
      • ‘The soft curse is given a certain punch by the distinctive southern accent that goes with it.’
      • ‘Ricky continued in his thick southern accent as he shook his head in annoyance.’
      • ‘The woman on the phone had the strongest southern accent; it made me want to laugh.’
      • ‘She had even changed her accent, hiding her southern drawl with a British crispiness.’
      • ‘One of the girls is Doreen who has bleached blond hair, blue eyes and a southern accent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His voice was rough with a southern accent only noticeable from certain words and his slight drawl.’
      • ‘At first there were slips in the southern accent, but by the end he could've fooled anybody with it.’
      • ‘I drew out my southern accent, making Ellie giggle and breaking a bit of the tension.’


Old English sūtherne (see south, -ern).