adjective, often capitalized
oc·​ci·​den·​tal | \ ˌäk-sə-ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce occidental (audio) \

Definition of occidental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or situated in the Occident : western
2 : of or relating to Occidentals



Definition of Occidental (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of one of the occidental peoples especially : a person of European ancestry

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occidentally adverb

Examples of occidental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective So what happened to those occidental Celts in those four hundred years? Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Celtic Myths," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of occidental


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for occidental


Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin occidentālis, from occident-, occidens occident + -ālis -al entry 1


borrowed from Medieval Latin occidentālis, noun derivative of Latin occidentālis, adjective, occidental

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The first known use of occidental was in the 14th century

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