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occidental

[ok-si-den-tl]
adjective
  1. (usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Occident or its natives and inhabitants.
  2. western.
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noun
  1. (usually initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the Occident.
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Origin of occidental

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin occidentālis western, equivalent to occident- occident + -ālis -al1
Related formsoc·ci·den·tal·i·ty, nounoc·ci·den·tal·ly, adverbnon·oc·ci·den·tal, adjectivenon·oc·ci·den·tal·ly, adverbpseu·do·oc·ci·den·tal, adjectiveun·oc·ci·den·tal, adjectiveun·oc·ci·den·tal·ly, adverb
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occidental

adjective
  1. a literary or formal word for western Compare oriental
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Occidental

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Occident
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noun
  1. an inhabitant, esp a native, of the Occident
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Derived FormsOccidentalism, nounOccidentalist, noun, adjectiveOccidentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for occidental

adj.

c.1400, from Old French occidental (14c.) and directly from Latin occidentalis "western," from occidentem (see occident). As a capitalized noun meaning "a Western person" (opposed to Oriental) from 1857.

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