Definition of southernism in US English:



  • 1Usually with capital initial. The quality of being characteristic of the Southern states of the United States; the expression of a distinctive Southern identity.

  • 2Usually with capital initial. Of the Southern states of America.

  • 3Of a more southerly part of Britain, especially the South of England. Chiefly with reference to southern Middle English.


Mid 19th century. From southern + -ism.