meridional
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /mɪˈɹɪdɪənəl/
Adjective

meridional (not comparable)

  1. located in the south, southern; later especially, pertaining to the south of France or other southern parts of Europe. [from 14th c.]
    • Offices that require heat […] should be meridional.
  2. (astronomy, geography) along a north-south direction, or relative to a meridian; or relating to meridians or a meridian [from 15th c.]
  3. of or characteristic of southern areas or people, especially those in the south of France or other southern parts of Europe [from 19th c.]
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 740:
      This, Constance recognised, may have had nothing to do with the situation – it was probably just a meridional convention – for in the Mediterranean countries nobody trusts his neighbour [...].
    • 2002, Colin Jones (historian), The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 270:
      As soon as he heard the news of the trial and execution, he summed up the incident as a monument to Catholic intolerance, meridional superstition and judicial bigotry – and he decided to do something about it.
Translations
  • Russian: меридианный
Noun

meridional (plural meridionals)

  1. an inhabitant of a southern region, especially the south of France



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