Definition of western in English:


Line breaks: west|ern
Pronunciation: /ˈwɛst(ə)n


  • 1 [attributive] Situated in the west, or directed towards or facing the west: there will be showers in some western areas
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    • Initially, work was at Pin Hole Cave, the entrance to which lies towards the western end of the north side of the gorge.
    • Towards the western end of the ramparts there is an obvious break where a path leads through rocky portals to gain a grassy bealach.
    • We left as the sun was drifting into the western horizon and headed towards Chola country.
  • 1.1(Of a wind) blowing from the west.
  • 2 (Western) Living in or originating from the West, in particular Europe or the United States: Western society
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    • However, this happy juxtaposition of Eastern style and Western living has not always been so effortless.
    • This is no longer the case in most Western European countries and the United States.
    • These images are easy to find in Govan, as in every other city in Britain, Europe and very probably the Western world.
  • 2.1Relating to or characteristic of the West or its inhabitants: the history of Western art
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    • This is characteristic of most Western European music and some music from other cultures.
    • There's written text input too, with Kanji and Western character recognition.
    • The background is resource competition that is reshaping western policy towards West Africa.
  • 2.2 historical Of or originating from the non-Communist states of Europe and North America in contrast to the Eastern bloc: the President threatened to end Western aid for an oil pipeline in Siberia
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    • He was usually an ally and sometimes an inspiration to new governments in Western and Eastern Europe.
    • It has also been a bridge of reconciliation between Western and Eastern Europe.
    • This is why we have seen so many divisions and contradictions within the Western establishment on this issue.


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  • A film, television drama, or novel about cowboys in western North America, set especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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    • He went to bed early and read westerns or thrillers until the wee hours.
    • To him, the point seemed obvious, for all films - gangsters, westerns, comedies - relied on action.
    • In popular books and film then, westerns were a staple: there were a lot of them every year and so they provided a wide, deep genre pool to play in and to invent with.



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  • ‘Off the westernmost coast of Japan, is an island called ‘Gunkanjima’ that is hardly known even to the Japanese.
  • The most striking finding was that in Connaught, the westernmost point of Europe, almost all men carry this particular gene.
  • Lying at the westernmost point of the African continent, Senegal is the first sub-Saharan country encountered as one sails southward ‘around the bend’ from Europe.


Old English westerne (see west, -ern).

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