[ ok-si-duh nt ]
/ ˈɒk sɪ dənt /


the Occident,
  1. the West; the countries of Europe and America.
  2. Western Hemisphere.
(lowercase) the west; the western regions.

Origin of Occident

Middle English < Middle French < Latin occident- (stem of occidēns) present participle of occidere to fall, (of the sun) to set, equivalent to oc- oc- + cid- (combining form of cadere to fall) + -ent- -ent

Can be confused

accident Occident
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British Dictionary definitions for occident (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɒksɪdənt) /


a literary or formal word for west Compare orient

Word Origin for occident

C14: via Old French from Latin occidere to fall, go down (with reference to the setting sun); see occasion

British Dictionary definitions for occident (2 of 2)


/ (ˈɒksɪdənt) /

noun the Occident

the countries of Europe and America
the western hemisphere
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