• One of the four major compass points, specifically 180°, directed toward the South Pole, and conventionally downwards on a map, abbreviated as S.
  • The southern region or area; the inhabitants thereof.
  • In a church: the direction to the right-hand side of a person facing the altar.


  • Toward the south; southward.
  • from the south.
  • Of or pertaining to the south; southern.
  • Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by southbound traffic.
  • Designating, or situated in, the liturgical south.


  • Toward the south; southward.
  • Downward.
  • In an adverse direction or trend (go south).
  • Of wind, from the south.


  • To turn or move toward the south; to veer toward the south.
  • To come to the meridian; to cross the north and south line.


  • From Middle English south, from Old English sūþ, from Proto-Germanic *sunþrą. Compare West Frisian súd, Dutch zuid, German Süd, Danish syd.

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