What does Southern mean?

Definitions for Southern
ˈsʌð ərnsouth·ern

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Southern.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. southernadjective

    in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line

    "southern hospitality"; "southern cooking"; "southern plantations"

  2. southerly, southernadjective

    situated in or oriented toward the south

    "a southern exposure"; "took a southerly course"

  3. southernadjective

    situated in or coming from regions of the south

    "the southern hemisphere"; "southern constellations"

  4. southerly, southernadjective

    from the south; used especially of wind

    "a hot southerly wind"; "southern breezes"; "the winds are southerly"


  1. southernadjective

    Of, facing, situated in, or related to the south.

  2. southernadjective

    Of or pertaining to a southern region, especially Southern Europe or the southern United States.

    The southern climate.

  3. southernadjective

    Of a wind: blowing from the south; southerly.

  4. Southernadjective

    from or pertaining to the southern part of any region

  5. Southernadjective

    from or pertaining to the South, the south-eastern states of the United States, or to the inhabitants or culture of that region.

    The southern climate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Southernadjective

    Etymology: suðerne , Saxon; from South.

    Why mourn I not for thee,
    And with the southern clouds contend in tears? William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Mens bodies are heavier when southern winds blow than when northern. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Frowning Auster seeks the southern sphere,
    And rots with endless rain th’ unwholsome year. Dryden.


  1. southern

    "Southern" is primarily used as an adjective or noun referring to something located in or related to the south or a southern area. It could be related to geography, indicating something positioned to the south of a specific area. It could also represent culture, traditions, accent or cuisine of regions situated in the southern part of a particular place. The term's usage and implications would vary based on the context, whether it refers to the Southern US, the Southern Hemisphere, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Southernadjective

    of or pertaining to the south; situated in, or proceeding from, the south; situated or proceeding toward the south

  2. Southernnoun

    a Southerner

  3. Etymology: [AS. sern. See South.]


  1. Southern

    Southern is a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Govia operating the South Central franchise. It is a subsidiary of Govia, a joint venture between transport groups Go-Ahead and Keolis, and has operated the South Central rail franchise since August 2001 and the Gatwick Express service since June 2008. Southern operates passenger services from London Bridge and London Victoria to Beckenham Junction, Epsom Downs, Leatherhead, East Grinstead, Uckfield, Caterham, Tattenham Corner, Horsham, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Eastbourne and Ore. It also operates services from Brighton to Ashford, Brighton to Seaford, Brighton to Southampton and South Croydon to Milton Keynes.

Editors Contribution

  1. southern

    Relating to the direction south.

    The southern hemisphere has a different climate to the northern hemisphere.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Southern is ranked #4587 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Southern surname appeared 7,738 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Southern.

    81.7% or 6,329 total occurrences were White.
    12.6% or 976 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 168 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 159 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 68 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 38 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Southern' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1903

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Southern' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2160

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Southern' in Adjectives Frequency: #246

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Southern in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Southern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Southern in a Sentence

  1. Southern Nevada:

    Replacing non-functional turf from Southern Nevada will allow for more sustainable and efficient use of resources, build resiliency to climate change, and help ensure the community’s current and future water needs continue to be met.

  2. Jake Ellzey:

    Our southern border is no longer just about families coming to find a better life. The Biden administration has intentionally failed in its responsibility to protect the American people, and Texans have paid the price, both figuratively and literally. over the two years, Texans have spent over $3 billion dollars to secure our border. Per the Constitution, that is a federal function, and we owe Texans every penny they have paid. I am proud to stand with my fellow colleagues in filling the Lone Star Reimbursement Act. If the President won't do his job, Congress will.

  3. Fox News:

    We take what's happening at the southern border very seriously, unlike some.

  4. Rio Dell Mayor Debra Garnes:

    We are kind of starting over – we had moved from our response to recovery, and now we are basically in both, we have to be back in response because the southern end of town really took it hard this time.

  5. Razaw Salihy:

    The presence of certain factions of the Popular Mobilization Units in southern governorates, where they rule with an iron fist, has added to the grievances.

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