occidental

adjective, often capitalized
oc·​ci·​den·​tal | \ ˌäk-sə-ˈden-tᵊl \

Definition of occidental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Occidental

noun

Definition of Occidental (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from occidental

Adjective

occidentally adverb

First Known Use of occidental

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for occidental

Adjective

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

Noun

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

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