If you can explain what that would actually mean in English. :)
But once you start adding stuff around it in English (south of, to the south, in the south, etc.), the Hungarian "dél" will in turn take on various suffixes, and the meaning will be clear usually.
Délben, délig, déltől - these have to do with noon
Délen, délről - related to the South.
There are common ones but used in different contexts:
Délre, délhez - can be both noon and south related.
So there is little chance of a mix-up, especially in context.
Vvsey, Aside from the current usage, historically, noon = south (synonyms if you would like) in several Indo-European languages. For example, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noon. Of course, this does not explain the current usage in Hungarian... BTW, THANK YOU for the many details you provide regarding the Hungarian language (hence the lingot)!
ID-07, that is very interesting information, thank you. And you are welcome.
Interestingly in Hungarian, while the word "dél" stands for both "noon" and "south", the word for "night" is at least very close to the word for "north":
"Éjszaka" - night
"Észak" - north
It might be just a coincidence but my feeling is that it is not.
Also, the Hungarian word "nap" stands for both "day" and "sun".
And while we are at it, the Sun ("nap") rises ("kel") in the East ("kelet"/"keleten") and sets ("nyugszik") in the West ("nyugat"/"nyugaton").
This is awesome. It shows that ancient Hungarians thought of space and time with a unity. When it is night the sun is north. When it is noon the sun is in its most southern position in a day. The sun rises in the east. Sun rests in the west. It totally makes sense when you consider that the originators were somehow blending directional coordinates with time.
Q: "Melyik sarkon élnek pingvinek, az északin vagy a délin?"
A: "A délin."
Or A: "And the answer is: the south (one)"
In Hungarian: "A délin"
So, your "It is south" is short for "the answer is: (the) south (one)", correct? The Hungarian would still be "a déli (sarkon)" or "a délin".
As I said, it will surely put on some suffix or something. Or the word order will change.
See, "dél" is a noun, and a noun only. To make an adjective, you change it to "déli". Or attach it to the front of another word, either directly or with a hyphen:
délkelet - south-east
Dél-Amerika - South America
So, is it North or South America where the Olympics will be held?
"It is South" - "Dél". Long answer: "Dél-Amerika az."
Dél van - it is noon.
Even if you travel to some southern state of the United States and exclaim: "Wow, this is (the) South" or "It is (the) South", the Hungarian version will be something like this:
"Ez a Dél".
There is just no way "dél van" could have anything to do with the South.
It is noon in the south - Délen dél van.
Délen - in the south
dél van - it is noon
It is noon at the South Pole - Dél van a déli sarkon. Or: A déli sarkon dél van.
A déli sarkon - at the South Pole
dél van - it is noon
Seriously, there is just no way.
This is recorded audio, not computer generated therefore it must be accurate. But bandwidth, gear quality and some other things can affect the sound and make it less useful. For example, my Dell notebook has a low and audio card and it sounds really "tél" (that means "winter" if you want to know), but on my high end tablet it is perfect. (No, mobile app doesn't feature Hungarian yet, but I use it in browser and desktop mode.)