Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Belonging to the period after a war, especially the U.S. Civil War: postbellum houses; postbellum governments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the period following a war.
  • adj. In the United States, of the period following the Civil War, especially used in reference to the South.

Etymologies

Latin post, after + bellum, war.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin post ("after") + bellum ("war") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What's funny is the writer actually meant "postbellum" (after the war).

    Boing Boing

  • Anachronisms abound, from New Age lingo like “She gives off a bad feeling” to the dialect of the postbellum South: “her borning young.”

    Mercy!

  • The American analogue is the decaying plantation house in Faulkner's postbellum South.

    Putting Sweet Sounds Together

  • The role of the black press reached its heights in the postbellum era, as millions of the formerly enslaved black Americans hungered for a voice amidst the clamor and fuss of Reconstruction.

    2010 February | Edwardian Promenade

  • The vast majority of federal court cases in postbellum Georgia, 80 percent by some estimates, were liquor trials.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

  • Several more short stories followed, in which Chestnutt drew on his knowledge of eastern North Carolina to illustrate both the hardships and the idiosyncrasies of the postbellum South.

    Crossing the Color Line

  • I particularly like the sections on sewage and water supply postbellum 1800's.

    An Unnatural Metropolis

  • Ditka, since he comes off as wholly ignorant of the issue he addresses, promoting the disarming of the innocent, just like postbellum bigots in the south ....

    More on Plaxico and Christmas

  • In the postbellum South, baseball was the most popular event at the annual “Juneteenth” Emancipation celebrations; the contests, when combined with food, dancing, and music, were imbued with a holiday spirit that was later evident in the Negro Leagues.

    WILLIE MAYS

  • In turn, this postbellum reorganization of race relations figured prominently in the turn-of-the-century cultural ferment surrounding the meaning of white, bourgeois manhood that Gail Bederman has termed the "discourse on civilization."

    Manhood in the Age of Aquarius: Masculinity in Two Countercultural Communities, 1965–83

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