Meaning of SOUTH in English


I. ˈsau̇th adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sūth; akin to Old High German sund- south and probably to Old English sunne sun

Date: before 12th century

1. : to, toward, or in the south

a house facing south

2. : into a state of decline or ruin

causes the sluggish economy to go south — G. F. Will

II. adjective

Date: 12th century

1. : situated toward or at the south

the south entrance

2. : coming from the south

a south wind

III. noun

Date: 13th century


a. : the direction of the south terrestrial pole : the direction to the right of one facing east

b. : the compass point directly opposite to north

2. capitalized : regions or countries lying to the south of a specified or implied point of orientation ; especially : the southeastern part of the United States

3. : the right side of a church looking toward the altar from the nave

4. often capitalized

a. : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the south or at the bottom of a diagram

b. : a person (as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity ; specifically : the declarer in bridge

5. often capitalized : the developing nations of the world : third world 3 — compare north 2b

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