Definition of western in English:


(also Western)

Translate western into Spanish

Pronunciation /ˈwestərn/ /ˈwɛstərn/


  • 1attributive Situated in the west, or directed toward or facing the west.

    ‘there will be showers in some western areas’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Makah Indian village situated on the western tip of the Olympic Peninsula on the coast of Washington State.’
    • ‘During this period, the authority of the jarls spread south down the western sea route towards Dublin.’
    • ‘The bulk of rubbish washed ashore on this stretch of beach has been dumped over the cliffs on the western side of the bay.’
    • ‘The snow has provided a light cover from the resort to Mt Blowhard on the western side of the mountain.’
    • ‘The party of four was on the western side of the Black Valley when the accident occurred.’
    • ‘The western side of the country is a great grass growing and livestock area which is the envy of many.’
    • ‘Fifteen districts, all of them lying in western areas of the state have been declared drought hit.’
    • ‘They believe the dead travel to the west; so all graves are on the western side of the Nile.’
    • ‘I walk toward a secluded, western corner of the city, where four such skyscrapers stand at each corner of a block.’
    • ‘Erosion would have removed the thrust on the uplifted western side.’
    • ‘To date, the infection appears to be contained to an area on the western edge of the forest.’
    western, westerly, westwardly, occidental
    1. 1.1(of a wind) blowing from the west.
  • 2

    (also Western)
    Living in or originating from the West, in particular Europe or the United States.

    ‘Western society’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Western societies not conformity but variety and relaxed living are now in fashion.’
    • ‘They have a massive amount of funding and support from the Western world, principally America, but also Europe.’
    • ‘Eastern Europe is now undergoing a marked renaissance in the Western European tourist industry.’
    • ‘The results of the Depression in America and Europe are familiar enough to Western readers.’
    • ‘People in Eastern Europe increasingly want to try Western tastes and variety in food.’
    • ‘Though Western in origin, it is not a Western good but a human good.’
    • ‘It is a nice change of pace from what have normally seen from Western Europeans during the last year and a half.’
    • ‘Every Western democracy is signed up to the 1951 United Nations convention on refugees.’
    • ‘The resemblance to Western European customs is striking and has similar roots.’
    • ‘The basic fact is that Western European countries no longer want to fight each other.’
    • ‘A Western European car manufacturer, who buys large quantities of steel, may take a different view.’
    • ‘Is it much different in this country, or indeed, in most Western democracies?’
    1. 2.1Relating to or characteristic of the West or its inhabitants.
      ‘the history of Western art’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As Japan opened up to the west, western images and themes crept into their design.’
      • ‘In most Western cultures, breakfast is often heralded as the most important meal of the day.’
      • ‘Program management and the disciplines associated with it continue to be a problem in my opinion in most Western cultures.’
      • ‘In its 1945 White Paper, Canada was the first western country to adopt Keynesianism formally as state policy.’
      • ‘When western medicine fails, many try ancient eastern or Oriental practices, such as massage or acupuncture.’
      • ‘The claim by Western experts that palmistry originated in India is not surprising.’
      • ‘It did not matter that the tie was invented in eastern Europe and so was not specifically a Western fashion.’
      • ‘The demographic trend throughout the western world is towards an ageing population.’
    2. 2.2historical 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The process was shaped by military competition between the Eastern and Western ruling classes.’
      • ‘One of five brothers and sisters, he was born in Craigmillar, one of western Europe's poorest areas.’


  • A film, television drama, or novel about cowboys in western North America, set especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She did melodramas, musicals, romantic comedies, westerns, and horror films.’
    • ‘Finally, everyone seems to think this movie is one of the best westerns around and a truly psychological film noir.’
    • ‘He said you could appreciate directors who worked in gangster films, war films, westerns, etc.’
    • ‘For Peckinpah, the film was a stark departure from his blood-drenched action westerns.’
    • ‘The nod to commerciality is most obvious in the film's ending, one that is typical of hundreds of Hollywood westerns.’
    • ‘They looked like exactly what they were - two young television actors who had no experience in westerns whatsoever.’
    • ‘The film looks a bit washed-out, as many westerns do, but otherwise there is little to complain about.’
    • ‘In his spare time he enjoyed reading, particularly westerns and thrillers.’
    • ‘The plot takes place many years after the events of his previous westerns, this time at the turn of the Twentieth Century.’
    • ‘Early westerns, for example, put black hats on the bad guys and white hats on the good guys to prepare viewers for a picture's final shootout.’
    • ‘In the late Seventies and Eighties the production of westerns declined to the point that several critics affirmed the death of the genre.’
    • ‘These changes first appeared, and were most pronounced, in a collection of westerns produced by Italians and shot in Spain and Italy.’
    • ‘The popularity of the spaghetti western faded in the late 1970s just as did the interest in westerns generally.’


Old English westerne(see west, -ern).



/ˈwestərn/ /ˈwɛstərn/