Southron late 15c., variant (originally Scottish and northern English) of southren (late 14c.), on analogy of Briton, Saxon, from O.E. suðerne or O.N. suðrænn "southern" (see SOUTH (Cf. south)). Popularized in English by Jane Porter's "Scottish Chiefs" (1810), and adopted in U.S. by many in the Southern states.

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  • Southron — South ron, n. An inhabitant of the more southern part of a country; formerly, a name given in Scotland to any Englishman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • southron — [suth′rən] n. [LME sothron, altered (prob. modeled on BRITON, SAXON) < southren, dial. var. of southern] Archaic a southerner: applied in Scottish dialect to an Englishman and, formerly, in the U.S. to a Southerner …   English World dictionary

  • Southron — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English (Scots) Date: 15th century chiefly Scottish southern; specifically English II. noun Date: 15th century Southerner: as a. chiefly Scottish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • southron — /sudh reuhn/, n. 1. Southern U.S. southerner (def. 2). 2. (usually cap.) Scot. a native or inhabitant of England. [1425 75; late ME; earlier southren (var. of SOUTHERN), modeled on Saxon, Briton, etc.] * * * …   Universalium

  • southron — 1. adjective a) southern b) English, from England 2. noun a) southerner, someone from the south b) …   Wiktionary

  • southron — n. southerner, native or resident of the south; person from England (Scottish use); southern (Scottish use) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • southron — n. Southerner, southern …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • southron — south·ron …   English syllables

  • southron — south•ron [[t]ˈsʌð rən[/t]] n. 1) dial. Southern U.S. southerner 2) 2) scot. (usu. cap.) Scot. a native or inhabitant of England • Etymology: 1425–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • southron — /ˈsʌðrən/ (say sudhruhn) Chiefly Scottish –noun 1. a southerner, especially an English person. –adjective 2. of or relating to the south or to England. {alteration of southren southern, by analogy with Briton, Saxon} …   Australian English dictionary

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