[ wes-tern ]
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  1. lying toward or situated in the west: our company's western office.

  2. directed or proceeding toward the west: a western migration.

  1. coming or originating from the west, as a wind.

  2. (often initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, living in, or characteristic of the West, especially the western U.S.: a Western ranch.

  3. (usually initial capital letter) Occidental: to adopt Western dress.

  4. (usually initial capital letter) of or relating to the non-Communist countries of Europe and the Americas: Western trade agreements.

  5. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Western Church.

  1. (often initial capital letter) a story, movie, or radio or television play about the U.S. West of the 19th century.

  1. a person or thing from a western region or country.

Origin of western

before 1050; 1905–10 for def. 8; Middle English, Old English westerne, equivalent to westwest + -erne-ern

Other words from western

  • anti-Western, adjective
  • non·west·ern, adjective, noun
  • pro-Western, adjective
  • un·west·ern, adjective

Words Nearby western

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How to use western in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for western (1 of 2)


/ (ˈwɛstən) /

  1. situated in or towards or facing the west

  2. going or directed to or towards the west

  1. (of a wind, etc) coming or originating from the west

  2. native to, inhabiting, or growing in the west

British Dictionary definitions for Western (2 of 2)


/ (ˈwɛstən) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the West as opposed to the Orient

  2. (formerly) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Americas and the parts of Europe not under Communist rule

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the western states of the US

  1. a film, book, etc, concerned with life in the western states of the US, esp during the era of exploration and early development

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