southern Definition

relating to or characteristic of the south, especially the southern US.

Using southern: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "southern" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I grew up in a small southern town.

  • Example

    The southern states have a warmer climate than the northern ones.

  • Example

    Southern hospitality is known for its warmth and friendliness.

southern Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with southern

  • the half of the earth that is south of the equator


    Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • a constellation visible in the southern hemisphere


    The Southern Cross is an important symbol in many cultures.

  • the ocean surrounding Antarctica


    The Southern Ocean is home to many unique species of marine life.


Summary: southern in Brief

The term 'southern' [ˈsʌðərn] refers to anything related to or characteristic of the southern region, particularly the southern United States. It can describe a place, climate, or culture, as in 'Southern hospitality.' The phrase 'the Southern Hemisphere' denotes the half of the earth that is south of the equator, while 'the Southern Cross' and 'the Southern Ocean' refer to a constellation and an ocean, respectively.

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