west·​ern | \ ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce western (audio) \

Definition of western

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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



Definition of western (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of western in a Sentence

Adjective the western part of the state Old western movies are my favorites.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Alameda Street was completely blocked off to traffic, as was the whole western side of the station, requiring all passengers who wanted to access any transit to walk east through a traffic tunnel on Cesar Chavez Avenue. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential Arts: A largely Latino-free Oscars in L.A.'s Mexican heart," 1 May 2021 Crawford played the son of a western rancher Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) who was also a union Civil War veteran. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "Mouseketeer and 'The Rifleman' actor Johnny Crawford dies at 75," 1 May 2021 Hartley last worked an NHL bench in Calgary (2015-16) and this was his third year (and second Gagarin final) with Omsk, tucked away in western Siberia. BostonGlobe.com, "How New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox has already made a name for himself," 1 May 2021 Access to the western landing is on Route 148 at Ferry Road in Chester. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 30 Apr. 2021 The timeframe will be Sunday evening into Sunday night, but rain will be possible in western Alabama starting on Sunday afternoon. Leigh Morgan, al, "Sunday could be stormy in parts of Alabama," 30 Apr. 2021 Foran has received boatloads of media coverage for his project, located at the southeast corner of West 25th Street and Seymour Avenue, on the western fringe of Tremont, just north of the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art’s new Community Arts Center endows West Side with a powerful new cultural amenity," 30 Apr. 2021 For the Star Tribune, he's also covered the western Twin Cities suburbs, as well as marketing, advertising and consumer news. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Fishing opener turns political in Otter Tail County," 30 Apr. 2021 And if a western Illinois environmentalist has his way, buffalo would roam near cyclists and pedestrians on a Quad Cities bridge over the Mississippi River. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Feds charge Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson - nephew, grandson to two Chicago mayors | Plan to rename Lake Shore Drive in honor of DuSable advances | Lightfoot loosens COVID-19 restrictions," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The series from Ed Spielman was an extremely popular western on ABC and would have continued had Carradine not quit due to injuries. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Last surviving member of original Kung Fu has one complaint about the CW reboot," 21 Apr. 2021 Best of all are the moments when a scene right out of a classic western — a cowboy funeral, a campfire serenade, one last round-up — is allowed to play out amidst struggling lives and potholed streets. BostonGlobe.com, "Idris Elba saddles up for ‘Concrete Cowboy,’ on Netflix," 31 Mar. 2021 The bow is aground on the eastern bank and the stern is on the western. USA Today, "How did Evergreen's ship get stuck in the Suez Canal and create the world's heaviest traffic jam?," 26 Mar. 2021 Dances With Wolves Kevin Costner stars and directs this 1990 western about a Civil War veteran (Costner) who lives with American Indians and learns to appreciate their way of life. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday, plus Sunday Talk: ‘It Was Always You’," 26 Feb. 2021 The answer may seem obvious; the western came out just a few weeks ago and is just appearing in Minnesota theaters now. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "A veteran and child become pals in moving Tom Hanks western, 'News of the World'," 11 Jan. 2021 The space western that introduced that pop-culture icon returns with new installments dropping weekly between now and Christmas. Star Tribune, "Baby Yoda returns for Halloween: Best things to watch this week," 29 Oct. 2020 Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Crowe made the leap from Australian entertainment to U.S. cinemas with Sam Raimi's 1995 western The Quick and the Dead, which starred Stone, Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Gary Sinise. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Russell Crowe Credits Sharon Stone with Making Him a Hollywood Star: 'Got a Lot to Thank Her For'," 20 Aug. 2020 The series was described as a modern-day western from director/executive producer David Ayer (Training Day). Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Deputy canceled at Fox," 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of western


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for western


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

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“Western.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/western. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of western

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: located in or toward the west
: of or relating to the countries of North America and Western Europe
: of or relating to the American West



English Language Learners Definition of western (Entry 2 of 2)

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


west·​ern | \ ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce western (audio) \

Kids Definition of western

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


noun, often capitalized

Kids Definition of western (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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