plural -s
often capitalized
: a locution or pronunciation characteristic of a western region and especially of the western U.S.
: an attitude or trait characteristic of a westerner
: a western institution or concept
the Japanese took over the forms of westernism, including a constitution and a parliamentNathaniel Peffer
: adherence to or advocacy of western traditions and techniques

Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of westernism was in 1836

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“Westernism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westernism. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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