Meaning of Western world in English:

Western world


  • 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.


Usually with the


Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Warner (d. 1609), poet and lawyer. From western + world.


Western world

/ˌwɛst(ə)n ˈwəːld/