Definition of antebellum adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

antebellum

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌæntiˈbeləm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæntiˈbeləm//
 
[only before noun](formal)
 
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connected with the years before a war, especially the American Civil War the laws of the antebellum American South Culture The word ‘antebellum’ is mainly used in the US to describe grand houses built in the southern states before the American Civil War Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from Latin, from ante ‘before’ and bellum ‘war’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: antebellum