[ wes-ter-ner ]

noun(sometimes lowercase)
  1. 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

Other words from Westerner

  • an·ti-West·ern·er, noun
  • pro-West·ern·er, noun

Words Nearby Westerner

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How to use Westerner in a sentence

  • It was all confusing enough to the big Westerner, but the little man knew where to go.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • Alone with the Westerner, Joyce felt her blood begin to quicken.

    The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
  • The man bowed and the Westerner answered the greeting by lifting his hat.

    The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
  • Captain Kilmeny nodded to the Westerner without embarrassment.

    The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for westerner


/ (ˈwɛstənə) /

  1. (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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