Etymology
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southern

Old English suðerne, from suð "south" (see south) + -erne, suffix denoting direction. A common Germanic compound (Old Frisian suthern, Old Norse suðroenn, Old High German sundroni). The constellation Southern Cross so called in English by 1756.

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Definitions of southern

southern (adj.)
in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line;
southern hospitality
southern cooking
southern plantations
southern (adj.)
situated in or oriented toward the south;
a southern exposure
Synonyms: southerly
southern (adj.)
situated in or coming from regions of the south;
the southern hemisphere
southern constellations
southern (adj.)
from the south; used especially of wind;
southern breezes
Synonyms: southerly
From wordnet.princeton.edu