Southern States


Southern States
Southern South"ern (?; 277), a. [AS. s[=u][eth]ern. See {South}.] Of or pertaining to the south; situated in, or proceeding from, the south; situated or proceeding toward the south. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.