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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wes-tern]
    • /ˈwɛs tərn/
    • /ˈwestən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wes-tern]
    • /ˈwɛs tərn/

Definitions of western word

  • adjective western lying toward or situated in the west: our company's western office. 1
  • adjective western directed or proceeding toward the west: a western migration. 1
  • adjective western coming or originating from the west, as a wind. 1
  • adjective western (often initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, living in, or characteristic of the West, especially the western U.S.: a Western ranch. 1
  • adjective western (usually initial capital letter) Occidental: to adopt Western dress. 1
  • adjective western (usually initial capital letter) of or relating to the non-Communist countries of Europe and the Americas: Western trade agreements. 1

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Origin of western

First appearance:

before 1050
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1050; 1905-10 for def 8; Middle English, Old English westerne, equivalent to west west + -erne -ern

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Parts of speech for Western


western popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

western usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for western

noun western

  • spaghetti western — a low-budget western movie shot in Italy or Spain, usually with Italian actors and an American star.
  • horse opera — a television or radio program or motion picture about the Wild West, often presented serially and usually dealing with adventures of cowboys, gunmen, gold prospectors, etc. Compare Western (def 8).

adjective western

  • westerly — moving, directed, or situated toward the west: the westerly end of the field.
  • westward — moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the west: a westward migration of farm workers.
  • westbound — proceeding or headed west.
  • westernmost — most western or westerly; farthest west.

Antonyms for western

adjective western

  • easterly — moving, directed, or situated toward the east: an easterly course.
  • eastern — lying toward or situated in the east: the eastern half of the island.

Top questions with western

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