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English definition of “south”

south

noun [U] (also South)     /saʊθ/ (written abbreviation S, UK also Sth, US also So.)
A2 the direction that goes towards the part of the Earth below the equator, opposite to the north, or the part of an area or country that is in this direction: The points of the compass are north, south, east, and west. The best beaches are in the south (of the island). We usually spend our holidays in the south of France. Canberra is/lies to the south of Sydney.Points of the compassDirection of motionParts of countries the South the southern states of the middle and eastern part of the US: The American Civil War was fought between the North and the South partly over the issue of slavery.Named regions of countries the developing countries of the world, most of which are below the equator → See also the Third WorldContinents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation the Third WorldGrammar:East or eastern; north or northern?See more
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