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western

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adjective west·ern \ ˈwe-stərn \

Definition of western

1 a :coming from the west
  • a western storm
b :situated or lying toward the west
  • islands in the western half of the archipelago
2 or Western :of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated West: such as
a :steeped in or stemming from the Greco-Roman traditions
  • Western culture
b :of or relating to the noncommunist countries of Europe and America
  • Western powers
c :of, relating to, or characteristic of the American West
  • Western clothes
  • western music
3 Western :of or relating to the Roman Catholic or Protestant segment of Christianity
  • Western liturgies

westernmost

play \ˈwe-stərn-ˌmōst\ adjective

Examples of western in a Sentence

  1. the western part of the state

  2. Old western movies are my favorites.

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Origin and Etymology of western

Middle English westerne, from Old English; akin to Old High German westrōni western, Old English west


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western

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Definition of western

1 :one that is produced in or characteristic of a western region and especially the western U.S.
2 often capitalized :a novel, story, motion picture, or broadcast dealing with life in the western U.S. especially during the latter half of the 19th century

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First Known Use of western

1612

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WESTERN Defined for English Language Learners

western

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adjective

Definition of western for English Language Learners

  • : located in or toward the west

  • Western : of or relating to the countries of North America and Western Europe

  • : of or relating to the American West


western

noun

Definition of western for English Language Learners

  • : a story, movie, or television show about life in the American West in the late 19th century; especially : a movie about cowboys


WESTERN Defined for Kids

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western

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adjective west·ern \ ˈwe-stərn \

Definition of western for Students

1 often capitalized :of, relating to, or like that of the West
2 :lying toward or coming from the west

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western

noun, often capitalized

Definition of western for Students

:a story, film, or radio or television show about life in the western United States especially in the last part of the 19th century


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