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[wes-ter-ner] /ˈwɛs tər nər/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
a native or inhabitant of the West, especially of the western U.S.
Origin of Westerner
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; western + -er1
Related forms
pro-Westerner, noun Unabridged
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  • He had a Westerner's democratic feeling and a Westerner's enthusiasm for the national idea.

  • His tone implied that in all good time he would reckon with the Westerner.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • To a Westerner such gun practice looks absurd; but it is accurate, beyond question.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • The Westerner gave her a look which promised every result that lay in his power.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • He will tell you that he cheats you and charges you high prices because the average Westerner has got no eye.

    Japan Dorothy Menpes
  • To a Westerner Hinduism seems the greatest abomination of the earth.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • The little sister had married a Westerner as poor as he was picturesque, and against her parents' wishes.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • She is as good a Southerner as any one, and also as good a Northerner and Westerner.

British Dictionary definitions for Westerner


(sometimes capital) a native or inhabitant of the west of any specific region, esp of the western states of the US or of the western hemisphere
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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