western

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adjective

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

western

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noun

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: 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

Example Sentences

Adjective the western part of the state Old western movies are my favorites.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Ukraine recently recaptured the city of Kherson, on the western bank of the Dnieper River, and surrounding areas in a major battlefield advance. John Leicester, Chicago Tribune, 22 Nov. 2022 Ukraine recently recaptured the city of Kherson, on the western bank of the Dnieper River, and surrounding areas. John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2022 Speakers are scheduled monthly and cover a range of topics from Arizona history of ghost towns and western films to true crime, food and music. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 After recapturing the city of Kherson a week ago, Ukrainian forces hold the western bank, while the Russians still hold the eastern bank. Carlotta Gall Ivor Prickett, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2022 In places with a lot of wind, such as Denmark, Ireland, and western Oklahoma, there’s sometimes so much power pouring into the grid that producers have to pay to get rid of it. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 Lake-effect snow warnings were in effect Sunday east and southeast of lakes Erie and Ontario in western and upstate New York, northwest Pennsylvania and far northeast Ohio, according to weather.com. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2022 No longer fazed by the week of uncertainty or the heavy western New York snow, the Bills outscored Cleveland 28-13 from the time of that 10-3 first half lead. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 20 Nov. 2022 The commercial Dungeness crab season has been delayed for the Oregon Coast, threatening whether fresh Dungeness will be available for traditional Christmas feasts popular in western Oregon. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2022
Noun
This six-part western mostly gets the job done as an eccentric, guns-blazing thriller. Leah Greenblatt And Darren Franich, EW.com, 11 Nov. 2022 Vancouver’s culinary scene benefits from its mountain-ocean-valley location in the southwest corner of Canada’s western-most province, British Columbia (yes, Vancouver is just north of the parts of the U.S. Johanna Read, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 People tend to not separate out a Black comedy or a Black romantic melodrama, or a Black western, though there are not many of them. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 9 Nov. 2022 The modern western is evolving from a gunslinging flick into a political drama. Jordan Calhoun, Men's Health, 2 Nov. 2022 Sure, football might be ingrained into the cultural fabric of nearby American Samoa, but on his home island of Savai’i, the western-most island in independent Samoa, rugby was still king. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 This horror western from Ana Lily Amirpour features a vampire preying on men in Iran. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 14 Sep. 2022 Moving from the western to the eastern end of the bay, the ratio of zucchini to basil in the dish declined (at least to my palate and fuzzy math). Daniel Ford, The New Yorker, 11 July 2022 This film is pure revenge, and, so, pure western in our opinion. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 23 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of western was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Western.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/western. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

western 1 of 2

adjective

west·​ern ˈwes-tərn How to pronounce western (audio)
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capitalized : of, relating to, or resembling that of the West
2
: lying toward or coming from the west
a western storm

western

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noun

: a story, film, or radio or television show about life in the western U.S. in the last part of the 19th century

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