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1. Of or relating to meridians or a meridian.
2. Located in the south; southern.
3. Of or characteristic of southern areas or people.
An inhabitant of a southern region, especially the south of France.

[Middle English, pertaining to the sun's position at noon, from Old French meridionel, southern, from Late Latin merīdiōnālis, from Latin merīdiānus, of midday, southern; see meridian.]


1. (Physical Geography) along, relating to, or resembling a meridian
2. (Physical Geography) characteristic of or located in the south, esp of Europe
(Peoples) an inhabitant of the south, esp of France
[C14: from Late Latin merīdiōnālis southern; see meridian; for form, compare septentriōnālis septentrional]
meˈridionally adv


(məˈrɪd i ə nl)

1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a meridian.
2. characteristic of the south or of people inhabiting the south, esp. of France.
3. southern; southerly.
4. an inhabitant of the south, esp. the south of France.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin merīdiōnālis southern. See meridian, -al1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.meridional - of or relating to a meridianmeridional - of or relating to a meridian  
2.meridional - located in the south or characteristic of southern people or placesmeridional - located in the south or characteristic of southern people or places
southern - situated in or coming from regions of the south; "the southern hemisphere"; "southern constellations"


[məˈrɪdɪənl] ADJmeridional
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For Marie-Luce Demonet, in De Differentia vulgarium linguarum (1533) of Charles de Bovelles, the articulation of vowels and consonants is spatialized by a line of demarcation traced between "rough" northerners and "effeminate" meridionals.