Definition of south noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//saʊθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//saʊθ//
    [uncountable, singular] (abbreviation S, So.)
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  1. 1  (also the south) the direction that is on your right when you watch the sun rise; one of the four main points of the compass Which way is south? warmer weather coming from the south He lives to the south of (= further south than) the city. compare east, north, west
  2. 2  the south, the South the southern part of a country, a region or the world birds flying to the south for the winter They bought a villa in the South of France. Houses are less expensive in the North than in the South (= of England).
  3. 3the South the southern states of the US see also Deep South
  4. 4the South the poorer countries in the southern half of the world
  5. Word OriginOld English sūth, of Germanic origin; related to Low German sud.
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