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From Middle English southerne, sothern, sutherne, from Old English sūþerne (southern, southerly, coming from the south; of southern make), from Proto-Germanic *sunþrōnijaz (southern), from Proto-Indo-European *sun-, *swen- (sun). Cognate with Scots southron, sudron (southern), Old Frisian sūthern, sūdern (southern), Middle Low German sūdern (southern), Middle High German sundern (southern), Icelandic súðrænn (southern, tropical). More at south.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsʌðəɹn/, enPR: th′ərn
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southern (comparative more southern, superlative most southern)

  1. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the south.
  2. Of or pertaining to a southern region, especially Southern Europe or the southern United States.
    • 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
      From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. []   But viewed from high up in one of the growing number of skyscrapers in Sri Lanka’s capital, it is clear that something extraordinary is happening: China is creating a shipping hub just 200 miles from India’s southern tip.
    The southern climate.
  3. Of a wind: blowing from the south; southerly.



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