south·​west·​ern | \ sau̇(th)-ˈwe-stərn \

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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Other Words from southwestern

southwesternmost \ sau̇(th)-​ˈwe-​stərn-​ˌmōst \ adjective

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On the southwestern tip of the island Java, Ujung Kulon sits right next to Anak Krakatau. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Devastating Tsunami Threatens Endangered Rhinos," 28 Dec. 2018 The deals uncovered by the AP reflect the contradictory interests of the two wars being waged simultaneously in this southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 But the threat of a deluge raised the possibility of flooding in the area of a stubborn blaze in the southwestern corner of the state. NBC News, "Weather grants some relief as wildfires burn in West amid heatwave," 7 July 2018 But the threat of a deluge raised the possibility of flooding in the area of a stubborn blaze in the southwestern corner of the state. CBS News, "New fires sweep through sweltering Southern California," 7 July 2018 The contract, now being hashed out with developer West Palm Beach Golf Links, also known as American Links West Palm Beach, calls for construction on the southwestern corner of the course. Lisa J. Huriash,, "West Palm in talks to get first Topgolf on city-owned course," 21 June 2018 The district covers the Edgewood and Joppa areas in the southwestern corner of Harford County. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Four candidates vying for District A seat on Harford County Council," 8 June 2018 Hui Ka Yan, founder of developer China Evergrande Group, spoke about how his company helped build up production hubs of vegetables, fruits and cattle in an economic backwater in the southwestern corner of China., "The Best and Brightest Ideas From the Business Giants at China’s NPC," 18 Mar. 2018 The four counties below it range from rural to very rural: Republic County in north-central Kansas along the Nebraska border, Labette and Woodson counties in southeast Kansas, and Morton County in the far southwestern corner of the state. Andy Marso, kansascity, "JoCo tops Kansas health rankings again. But not all residents share the benefits | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018

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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 \

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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