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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The planning and zoning commission on Monday approved developer Kenneth Boynton’s applications to build 44 houses on about 30 acres on Wetherell Street in Manchester’s southwestern corner. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester subdivision approved," 17 Sep. 2019 Téa Obreht’s new novel Inland—an epic tale of hardbitten folks struggling against the elements in the southwestern United States in the 1890s—invites an odd question: What does the Arabian one-humped camel have to do with Arizona? Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Téa Obreht Considers the Camel," 28 Aug. 2019 On its southwestern edge sits the Sea of Galilee, where Christians believe that Jesus performed miracles such as walking on water and feeding the multitude. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "It's Israel's election but here's why Donald Trump is the 'King of Israel'," 16 Sep. 2019 German news agency dpa reported that his partner, Yazhen Zha, confirmed that Colani died Monday in the southwestern town of Karlsruhe after a severe illness. Washington Post, "German industrial designer Luigi Colani dies at 91," 16 Sep. 2019 Along the southwestern border, its work was dusty and lonely. New York Times, "‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol’s Morale Crisis," 15 Sep. 2019 Two years later its companion vessel, the Terror, was discovered in even better condition, having sunk, appropriately enough, in Terror Bay on the southwestern side of King William Island. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Monty Python’ alum takes on tale of doomed Franklin expedition in new book," 14 Sep. 2019 In 1978 the chef Reyna Duong, along with her parents and 10 siblings, fled their fishing village in southwestern Vietnam. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Vietnamese Sandwich Shop Teaching Dallas How to Hire Differently," 12 Sep. 2019 Four other advisories remain in effect statewide, including one issued Sept. 3 for North Tenmile Lake in Coos County in southwestern Oregon. oregonlive, "Dog’s sudden death after playing at Portland riverfront park prompts concerns about toxic algae," 9 Sep. 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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