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

Examples of southwestern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Founded in 1796, the southwestern Ohio city emerged as a manufacturing and aviation capital before changing industrial demands and rising competition from Asia in the 1970s led to decades of decline. National Geographic, "Visit America’s newest adventure capital," 22 Aug. 2019 Perdue appeared at Farmfest, an annual trade show near the southwestern Minnesota town of Redwood Falls, during a listening session moderated by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents the area. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "USDA secretary tries to reassure Minnesota farmers over markets lost to China trade war," 7 Aug. 2019 Video footage shows the child hanging off the balcony in the southwestern city of Chongqing. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Boy, 3, fell six stories. Onlookers used a blanket to save him," 31 July 2019 The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Phoenix-area and southwestern parts of Arizona beginning Thursday. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Excessive heat warning issued for Phoenix-area Thursday and Friday," 9 July 2019 Li Hao, a 24-year-old in the southwestern city of Kunming, was short on cash in October 2017. WSJ, "A New Kind of Lender Secretly Tracks Your Car to Make Sure You Pay Up," 27 Nov. 2018 That’s ridiculous, according to Patrick Bruder, president of Exhaust Direct Ltd. in the southwestern Ontario city of London. Kristine Owram,, "Trudeau’s Hipster Economics Looked Great Until Trump Cut Taxes," 29 May 2018 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

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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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of southwestern was before the 12th century

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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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