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English definition of “southern”


adjective (also Southern)     /ˈsʌð.ən/ US  /-ɚn/ (written abbreviation S, US also So)
B1 in or from the south part of an area: a southern route the Southern HemispherePoints of the compassDirection of motion Grammar:East or eastern; north or northern?See more
(Definition of southern adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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