West·​ern·​er ˈwe-stər-nər How to pronounce Westerner (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of the West
especially : a native or resident of the western part of the U.S.
: one advocating the adoption of western European culture especially in 19th century Russia

Examples of Westerner in a Sentence

Westerners tend to be unfamiliar with Asian customs.
Recent Examples on the Web The students rarely exhibited the kind of idealism that a Westerner associates with youth. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 At the peak of its power, the group controlled an area the size of Britain, and systematically killed or enslaved members of the Yazidi religious minority, carried out torture and mass killings, and filmed gruesome videos of the executions of its captives, including Westerners. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2024 The protagonist, English sailor John Blackthorne, is based on William Adams, the rare Westerner to successfully enmesh himself within the cloistered society. Alison Herman, Variety, 26 Feb. 2024 The story takes us inside Japanese power circles (circa the 1600s) from the point of view of a Westerner named John Blackthorne. Nina Metz, Twin Cities, 4 Jan. 2024 Today, only a few Westerners are still attending President Vladimir Putin’s showcase events, such as the Valdai conference in Sochi, which, before the war, was Russia’s most prestigious international gathering. Liana Fix, The Atlantic, 31 Oct. 2023 Unlike other Westerners, the Crooks chose to live on campus, alongside their students and fellow faculty members. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2023 Beer’s work tracks a Westerner’s aesthetic journey into an ancient spiritual culture that Sherpa works joyfully to recontextualize in the present day. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2023 They were all billed as Kimura’s designs, but Neil was given his own spread in Kindai Bonsai magazine—a rare honor for a Westerner. Robert Moor, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Westerner was in 1599

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“Westerner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Westerner. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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West·​ern·​er ˈwes-tə(r)-nər How to pronounce Westerner (audio)
: a person born or living in the West (as of the U.S.)
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