South·ern a. Of or pertaining to the south; situated in, or proceeding from, the south; situated or proceeding toward the south.
Southern Cross Astron., a constellation of the southern hemisphere containing several bright stars so related in position as to resemble a cross.
Southern Fish Astron., a constelation of the southern hemisphere (Piscis Australis) containing the bright star Fomalhaut.
Southern States U.S. Hist. & Geog., the States of the American Union lying south of Pennsylvania and the Ohio River, with Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Before the Civil War, Missouri also, being a slave State, was classed as one of the Southern States.
South·ern, n. A Southerner. [R.]
adj 1: in or characteristic of a region of the United States south
of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line; "southern
hospitality"; "southern cooking"; "southern
plantations" [ant: northern]
2: situated in or oriented toward the south; "a southern
exposure"; "took a southerly course" [syn: southerly]
3: situated in or coming from regions of the south; "the
southern hemisphere"; "southern constellations" [ant: northern]
4: from the south; used especially of wind; "a hot south wind";
"southern breezes"; "the winds are southerly" [syn: southerly]