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The Collaborative Dictionary

Western \West"ern\, a. [1913 Webster]
Of or pertaining to the west; situated in the west, or in the region nearly in the direction of west; being in that quarter where the sun sets; as, the western shore of France; the western ocean. [1913 Webster] Far o'er the glowing western main. --Keble. [1913 Webster]
Moving toward the west; as, a ship makes a western course; coming from the west; as, a western breeze. [1913 Webster] Western Church. See Latin Church, under Latin. Western empire (Hist.), the western portion of the Roman empire, as divided, by the will of Theodosius the Great, between his sons Honorius and Arcadius, a. d.
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Word Net

western adj
1 relating to or characteristic of regions of western parts of the world; "the Western Hemisphere"; "Western Europe"; "the Western Roman Empire" [ant: eastern]
2 lying in or toward the west [syn: westerly]
3 of or characteristic of regions of the United States west of the Mississippi River; "a Western ranch" [ant: eastern]
4 lying toward or situated in the west; "our company's western office"
5 of wind; from the west [syn: westerly]


1 a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development [syn: horse opera]
2 a sandwich made from a western omelet [syn: western sandwich]

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  1. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the west
    • the western approaches
  2. (of a wind) blowing from the west; westerly
  3. (Capitalised) Of, situated in, or related to the West
    • Western democracy
  4. occidental


pertaining to the west


  1. A film, or some other dramatic work, set in, the historic American West (west of the Mississippi river) typically focusing on a Cowboys vs. Indians conflict (real or imaginary.)

Derived terms

Western may refer to:
In geography:
  • Western world, a particular group of countries, generally spanning Central and Western Europe and the Americas, also referred to as the "West" or the Occident
  • Western Canada, which includes British Columbia and the Prairie Provinces of Canada
  • Western United States, the Western portion of the United States, sometimes referred to as the "American West"
  • Western, New York, a town in Oneida County, New York
  • Western Ghats, A mountain range in South East India
In transportation:
Educational institutions:
western in German: Western (Begriffsklärung)
western in Dutch: Western
western in Japanese: ウェスタン
western in Simple English: Western
western in Polish: Western (ujednoznacznienie)
western in Vietnamese: Phương Tây
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