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Definition of south noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable, singular] (abbreviation S., 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 (= farther south than) the city. compare east, north, west
  2. 2the 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.
  3. 3the South the southeastern states of the U.S. see also Deep South
  4. 4the South the poorer countries in the southern half of the world
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