southwestern

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

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One of Johnson’s annual traditions was to take his science class to an overnight stay at his cottage in southwestern Michigan, Boesel said. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Melvin Johnson, longtime science teacher in northwest suburbs, dies at 91," 12 July 2018 In recent filings, Mr. Manafort’s legal team asked Judge Ellis to move the trial to Roanoke, in southwestern Virginia, saying a fair trial wouldn’t be possible closer to Washington, D.C., given the public attention the case has received there. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Paul Manafort in Jail: Private Bathroom, Personal Phone, No Prison Uniform," 11 July 2018 In the southwestern Baluchistan town of Mastung, Siraj Raisani a candidate in the provincial Parliament, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 In a horrific assault in the southwestern Baluchistan town of Mastung, Siraj Raisani a candidate in the provincial Parliament, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally. Zaheer Babar, BostonGlobe.com, "132 people die in election violence ahead of Sharif’s return," 13 July 2018 Video footage from a campaign rally held Saturday in the southwestern town of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, showed an explosion just as President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other ruling-party dignitaries were leaving the stage. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Zimbabwe’s President Survives Apparent Assassination Attempt," 23 June 2018 Someone called police about the shed after spotting the men using a pickup to haul it down Heath Road in the southwestern Maine town, not far from the New Hampshire border. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Men stole huge, 25-foot shed — and got caught dragging it down a road, Maine cops say | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Aiming to assuage Israel's concerns, the United States and Russia agreed last year to establish a cease-fire between Syrian government forces and rebel fighters near the southwestern Syrian town of Daraa. Anchorage Daily News, "Israel carries out ‘large-scale attack’ in Syria after Israeli jet crashes under anti-aircraft fire," 11 Feb. 2018 Aiming to assuage Israel’s concerns, the United States and Russia agreed last year to establish a cease-fire between Syrian government forces and rebel fighters near the southwestern Syrian town of Daraa. Ruth Eglash, The Seattle Times, "Israel carries out ‘large-scale attack’ in Syria after Israeli jet crashes under anti-aircraft fire," 10 Feb. 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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southwestern

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of southwestern

: in, toward, or from the southwest

: of or relating to the southwest

southwestern

adjective
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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