Definitions

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

  • n. A person who lives in the south, especially an Englishman as called by a Scotsman.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of the American South. Used by the Confederates in the Civil War.
  • adj. Scots Southern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. southern
  • adj. English, from England
  • n. A southerner, someone from the south.
  • n. An Englishman.
  • n. Alternative capitalization of Southron

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inhabitant of the more southern part of a country; formerly, a name given in Scotland to any Englishman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Southern.
  • Pertaining or belonging to the southern United States.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of a southern country, or of the southern part of a country.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of the southern States of the American Union.

Etymologies

Middle English, variant of southerne, southern; see southern.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Likely from a Northumbrian alteration of earlier Old English suþern, suþærn. The switch from -ern to -ron is likely due to the influence of Old Norse rann ("place, house, home") on Old English ærn ("home, place"). More at southern. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Rodrik is unusual in being a worshipper of the Faith of the Seven that holds sway in the southlands, rather than the old gods of the forest who are worshipped in the north, and is a knight, which is also unusual as that is mainly a southron custom.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Men said he was no civilized man at all, but a Cimmerian, one of those barbaric tribesmen who dwelt in the gray hills of the far North, and whose raids struck terror in their southron neighbors.

    The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian

  • George had been a tower of strength then; without him, General Guildenstern's whole army, and the southron war effort east of the mountains, might well have gone to pieces in the aftermath of the defeat.

    Advance and Retreat

  • A few of them sneaked across the river and raided southron outposts on the far bank.

    Advance and Retreat

  • He'd ridden into southron-held Luxor, on the banks of the Great River, and come within inches of capturing the enemy commander there.

    Advance and Retreat

  • As he rode toward the woods now, he leaned forward and a little to one side, using this mount's body as a shield in case that southron had a crossbow aimed at him.

    Advance and Retreat

  • "If that is a southron, I don't aim to let him get back and tell his pals he's seen us."

    Advance and Retreat

  • They didn't look like men who'd been able to keep all of eastern Franklin and Cloviston in an uproar behind southron lines, or like men who'd routed a southron army three times the size of their own in Great River Province.

    Advance and Retreat

  •   "Was that a southron scout on unicornback there, sneaking off into the woods before we could get a good look at him?"

    Advance and Retreat

  • That southron—if there had been a southron, if Ned hadn't been imagining things—had gone in a couple of hundred yards from where Ned was now.

    Advance and Retreat

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  • This word was used in "The Lord Of The Rings" book series.

    August 23, 2012