south·ern / ˈsə[voicedth]ərn/ • adj. 1. situated in the south or directed toward or facing the south: the southern hemisphere. ∎ (of a wind) blowing from the south.2. living in or originating from the south: the southern rural poor. ∎ of, relating to, or characteristic of the south or its inhabitants: a faintly southern accent.DERIVATIVES: south·ern·most / -ˌmōst/ adj.