from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Situated in, toward, or facing the west.
  • adj. Coming from the west: western breezes.
  • adj. Native to or growing in the west.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of western regions or the West.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or descended from those Christian churches that use or formerly used Latin as their liturgical language.
  • n. A novel, film, television program, or other dramatic work including themes, characters, or settings characteristic of the American West, especially of the late 1800s.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the west
  • adj. blowing from the west; westerly
  • adj. occidental
  • n. 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Moving toward the west; ; coming from the west.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the west, or the quarter or region of sunset; being or lying on or in the direction of the west; occidental: as, the western horizon; the western part or boundary of a country.
  • Tending or directed toward the west; extending or pursued westward: as, a western course; a western voyage.
  • Belonging to or characteristic of some locality in the west, or some region specifically called the West (in the latter case often capitalized): as, western people or dialects (as in England); a Western city or railroad, or Western enterprise (as in the United States); the Western Empire.
  • Declining in the west, as the setting sun; hence, figuratively, passing toward the end; waning.
  • Coming from the west: as, a western wind.
  • n. An inhabitant of a western region, or of the West or Occident; specifically, a member of a Western race as distinguished from the Eastern races.
  • n. A member of the Latin or Western Church.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development
  • adj. of or characteristic of regions of the United States west of the Mississippi River
  • n. a sandwich made from a western omelet
  • adj. of wind; from the west
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of the western parts of the world or the West as opposed to the eastern or oriental parts
  • adj. lying toward or situated in the west


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English westerne; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • For wordieternity.

    7 hours ago, western said:

    "I love working with Acme People Search. Their support is great. At the starting, I have zero knowledge. After two months, WOW! $2000/month only from H********, $1000/month from G**. Not only that from other income streams too" - Amanda Fisher, CA, USA.


    4 hours ago, sionnach said:

    But what I especially like is the prompt delivery of all those neat-o gadgets from Acme that help me vanquish that dratted Roadrunner.

    Wile E Coyote, TX, USA

    February 12, 2010