adjective west·ern \ˈwes-tərn\

: located in or toward the west

Western : of or relating to the countries of North America and Western Europe

: of or relating to the American West

Full Definition of WESTERN

a :  coming from the west <a western storm>
b :  lying toward the west
capitalized :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated West: as
a :  steeped in or stemming from the Greco-Roman traditions <Western culture>
b :  of or relating to the noncommunist countries of Europe and America
c :  of or relating to the American West <Western clothes>
capitalized :  of or relating to the Roman Catholic or Protestant segment of Christianity <Western liturgies>
west·ern·most \-ˌmōst\ adjective

Examples of WESTERN

  1. the western part of the state
  2. Old western movies are my favorites.

Origin of WESTERN

Middle English westerne, from Old English; akin to Old High German westrōni western, Old English west
First Known Use: before 12th century



: a story, movie, or television show about life in the American West in the late 19th century; especially : a movie about cowboys

Full Definition of WESTERN

:  one that is produced in or characteristic of a western region and especially the western United States
often capitalized :  a novel, story, motion picture, or broadcast dealing with life in the western United States especially during the latter half of the 19th century

First Known Use of WESTERN


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