southwestern

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

Definition of southwestern

  1. 1 :  lying toward or coming from the southwest

  2. 2 often capitalized :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated Southwest

southwesternmost

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Origin and Etymology of southwestern

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


SOUTHWESTERN Defined for English Language Learners

southwestern

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Definition of southwestern for English Language Learners

  • : in, toward, or from the southwest

  • : of or relating to the southwest


SOUTHWESTERN Defined for Kids

southwestern

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adjective south·west·ern \sau̇th-ˈwe-stərn\

Definition of southwestern for Students

  1. 1 often cap :  of, relating to, or like that of the Southwest southwestern art

  2. 2 :  lying toward or coming from the southwest the southwestern part of the country



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