1Any part of the world to the west of one's own region; applied specifically to the Americas and the Caribbean, or to Europe, as opposed to the Middle East and Orient. Now historical except as merged with sense 2.
2Europe, North America, and other (often relatively wealthy) countries with populations of mainly European ancestry; the culture and civilization of these regions; the West.
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Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Warner (d. 1609), poet and lawyer. From western + world.