south·​west·​ern | \ sau̇(th)-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce southwestern (audio) \

Definition of southwestern

1 : lying toward or coming from the southwest
2 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated Southwest

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southwesternmost \ sau̇(th)-​ˈwe-​stərn-​ˌmōst How to pronounce southwesternmost (audio) \ adjective

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Typhoon Talim made landfall on the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan on Sunday morning, dumping torrential rain and grounding hundreds of flights. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "No major issues in The Woodlands after Sunday rainfall," 21 May 2018 However, a storm across California might bring snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to the southwestern part of the country. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Dreaming of a White Christmas? Here Are the Chances in Your Area," 22 Dec. 2018 Yvette Hornère was born on Sept. 22, 1922, in Tarbes, in southwestern France. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Yvette Horner, France’s Star Accordionist, Is Dead at 95," 15 June 2018 The flames of the 416 Fire in the southwestern part of the state have reached the backyards of some homes, but so far no one has been injured and no structures have been lost, said incident commander Todd Pechota. Steve Almasy And Marlena Baldacci, CNN, "Colorado firefighters hope for break in hot, dry weather," 13 June 2018 Shrimp Malabar is one of our best-selling dishes and is from the Malabar region of India, which lies in the southwestern part of the country. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shrimp Malabar from Cafe India is a curry dish rich with coconut," 4 June 2018 The group, whose initials stand for Basque Homeland and Freedom, took up arms to try to win independence for a new nation carved out of northern Spain and southwestern France, mixing radical nationalism with revolutionary socialism. Esteban Duarte,, "Basque Terror Group ETA Dissolves Seven Years After Cease-Fire," 3 May 2018 The father and daughter remain in critical condition in Salisbury, southwestern England. Fox News, "The Latest: German minister backs UK over Russia response," 14 Mar. 2018 The find is somewhat surprising because the region that would come to make up the southwestern United States isn't as well-known for ancient tattoo cultures, as say, Alaska. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The United States' Oldest Tattoo Needle Is an Inked-Up Cactus Spine," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of southwestern

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for southwestern

Middle English, from Old English sūth-westerne, from sūth south + westerne western

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English Language Learners Definition of southwestern

: in, toward, or from the southwest
: of or relating to the southwest


south·​west·​ern | \ sau̇th-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce southwestern (audio) \

Kids Definition of southwestern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the Southwest southwestern art
2 : lying toward or coming from the southwest the southwestern part of the country

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