Of or relating to the period in the history of the southern United States before the American Civil War.
From latin ante "before" + bellum "war".
- She had grown up in an antebellum plantation house.
- The antebellum South was a society built on slavery.
- The museum's exhibits include artifacts from the antebellum period.
- The house, built in the antebellum era, was a grand example of southern architecture.
- The novel is set in an antebellum southern town.