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 formspro-West·ern·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for westerner

Contemporary Examples of westerner

  • The Sherpa accused the westerner of knocking off ice to hit the Sherpa below.

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    Violence on Everest

    Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan

    May 2, 2013

  • Nothing can prepare a Westerner for their first trip to Asia—it's like an out-of-body experience.

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    Gal With a Suitcase

    Jolie Hunt

    January 16, 2010

Historical Examples of 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
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