WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•gion•al•ism /ˈridʒənəlˌɪzəm/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Linguistics[countable] a word, a way of speaking, an act, or a way of behaving that is special to a particular area or region.
- [uncountable] devotion or loyalty to the interests of one's own region.
re•gion•al•ism (rē′jə nl iz′əm),USA pronunciation n.
- Governmentthe principle or system of dividing a city, state, etc., into separate administrative regions.
- Governmentadvocacy of such a principle or system.
- Linguisticsa speech form, expression, custom, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of a particular area.
- devotion to the interests of one's own region.
- Literaturethe theory or practice of emphasizing the regional characteristics of locale or setting, as by stressing local speech.
- Fine Art(often cap.) a style of American painting developed chiefly 1930–40 in which subject matter was derived principally from rural areas.
- regional + -ism 1880–85
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