an inflatable yellow or orange life jacket for emergency use, especially by sailors or by airplane pilots in flights over water.
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Origin of Mae West
1935–40; after Mae West, full-bosomed U.S. comic actress
Definition for mae west (2 of 2)
[ west ]
/ wɛst /
Benjamin,1738–1820, U.S. painter, in England after 1763.
Jerome AlanJerry, born 1938, U.S. basketball player, coach, and executive.
Mae,1892?–1980, U.S. actress.
NathanaelNathan Wallenstein Weinstein, 1902?–40, U.S. novelist.
Paul,born 1930, U.S. poet, essayist, and novelist, born in England.
Dame RebeccaCicily Isabel Fairfield Andrews, 1892–1983, English novelist, journalist, and critic, born in Ireland.
Related formsan·ti-West, adjectivepro-West, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mae west (1 of 4)
/ (meɪ) /
slang an inflatable life jacket, esp as issued to the US armed forces for emergency use
Word Origin for mae west
C20: after Mae West, 1892–1980, American actress, renowned for her generous bust
British Dictionary definitions for mae west (2 of 4)
/ (wɛst) /
one of the four cardinal points of the compass, 270° clockwise from north and 180° from east
the direction along a parallel towards the sunset, at 270° clockwise from north
the west (often capital) any area lying in or towards the westRelated adjectives: Hesperian, Occidental
cards (usually capital) the player or position at the table corresponding to west on the compass
situated in, moving towards, or facing the west
(esp of the wind) from the west
in, to, or towards the west
archaic (of the wind) from the west
go west informal
- to be lost or destroyed irrevocably
- to die
Word Origin for west
Old English; related to Old Norse vestr, Sanskrit avástāt, Latin vesper evening, Greek hésperos
British Dictionary definitions for mae west (3 of 4)
/ (wɛst) /
noun the West
the western part of the world contrasted historically and culturally with the East or Orient; the Occident
(formerly) the non-Communist countries of Europe and America contrasted with the Communist states of the EastCompare East (def. 2)
(in the US)
- that part of the US lying approximately to the west of the Mississippi
- (during the Colonial period) the region outside the 13 colonies, lying mainly to the west of the Alleghenies
(in the ancient and medieval world) the Western Roman Empire and, later, the Holy Roman Empire
- of or denoting the western part of a specified country, area, etc
- (as part of a name)the West Coast
British Dictionary definitions for mae west (4 of 4)
/ (wɛst) /
Benjamin. 1738–1820, US painter, in England from 1763
Kanye, born 1977, US rap singer and producer; his albums include The College Dropout (2004) and Graduation (2007)
Mae. 1892–1980, US film actress
Nathanael, real name Nathan Weinstein. 1903–40, US novelist: author of Miss Lonely-Hearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939)
Dame Rebecca, real name Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield). 1892–1983, British journalist, novelist, and critic
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Idioms and Phrases with mae west
see go west.
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