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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or reminiscent of a simple, wholesome, unpretentious lifestyle, especially that associated with the rural southern United States.

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  • adj. Simple and unpretentious, especially having the characteristics of a Southern rural lifestyle.


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  • Mom said she was a really good cook, and lots of people came in now for her specialties, like barbecued ribs and what she called her down-home meat loaf.


  • It was all what Cisco and Ezra called down-home food.

    Family Blessings

  • If memory serves me as a down-home Mobile boy before I had the good sense to move to San Francisco, the best restaurant in Houston is a Waffle House, hold the KARO.

    Cuisine From The Costa Blanca

  • Its short, brutal career — a mere 18 months, ending at Talladega — demonstrates how cutthroat, globalized, and technologically advanced this purportedly down-home sport has become.

    Wild Ride

  • Stunningly refreshing, unaffected and informed, Your Environmental Road Trip makes a critical leap beyond all of the climate change and dirty energy catastrophe film masterpieces in circulation -- most notably, of course, Al Gore's Oscar-winning epic, An Inconvenient Truth -- by presenting climate destabilization issues through the down-home visions and ordinary efforts of unabashedly optimistic and incorrigibly determined innovators and sustainable community endeavors.

    Jeff Biggers: Beyond Hope: Groundbreaking Environmental Road Trip Film Takes Climate Change Solutions Back Home

  • The first couple, who had come from Arkansas, where politics was more down-home and friendly, had found all of this more than they could bear.

    Portrait of a Presidency Under Siege

  • Billy’s down-home, near redneck persona was a sharp contrast to his brother’s more reserved and refined image.

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  • First of all, I love Edi and the Wolf because it is some down-home Austrian food, with that refined edge from the owners who also own Michelin-starred Seasonal.

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  • It's easy to see why generations of Southerners have flocked to the stretch of northern Gulf Coast affectionately called the "redneck Riviera" – and why they're worried about whether a massive oil spill is about to ruin their down-home playground.

    Gulf Oil Spill: 'Redneck Riviera' Braces For Impact

  • You're likely to be surrounded by locals out for a down-home feast.

    Soul Food


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