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 southwestern (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Then in 2012, a new paper cited evidence that a wild population did indeed exist in southwestern China’s Dalou Mountains. Sarah Gibbens, Environment, "Ginkgo trees nearly went extinct. Here’s how we saved these ‘living fossils.’," 30 Nov. 2020 The exhibit features about 120 pieces of jewelry and textiles made in the 19th and 20th centuries by the Turkmen people of Central Asia, Miao people of southwestern China and the Hill Tribes of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Deborah Martin,, "Rare jewelry in ‘Exquisite Adornment’ exhibit will expand San Antonio Museum of Art’s Asian collection," 16 Nov. 2020 Lhamo, a Tibetan farmer in southwestern China, lived her life mostly outdoors and shared it online, posting videos of herself cooking, singing and picking herbs in the mountains around her village. Elsie Chen, New York Times, "Her Abuse Was a ‘Family Matter,’ Until It Went Live," 15 Nov. 2020 When a single staff member tested positive for the coronavirus at the Jushindai elderly care center in the city of Kumamoto in southwestern Japan in February, the phone soon started ringing off the hook, said manager Kiyoshi Nakao. Washington Post, "In Japan, coronavirus discrimination proves almost as hard to eradicate as the disease," 14 Sep. 2020 Traffic was still paralyzed in places, bullet train service was suspended and most domestic flights in and out of airports in southwestern Japan were canceled Monday. Fox News, "Typhoon Haishen lashes South Korea after battering Japanese islands," 7 Sep. 2020 Teams are continuing to search for the four missing people, who disappeared after homes were washed into a river in southwestern Japan, according to local authorities. Julia Hollingsworth, Jake Kwon And Chie Kobayashi, CNN, "Typhoon Haishen lashes Korean Peninsula after battering Japan," 7 Sep. 2020 The mountainous Guizhou province, in southwestern China, is home to more than 34 million people. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Scenes From China’s Guizhou Province," 2 Sep. 2020 The two reptiles remained locked in stone until 2010, when scientists in southwestern China began excavating the fossil. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "13-foot marine predator found inside another's belly in shocking fossil 'turducken'," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Southwestern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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