western

Anything western comes from the west, like a western wind that blows your hair sideways. Western also refers to anything from that half of the world — North America and Europe — as well as old cowboy movies.

Although western literally refers to anything in the west, like that wind or a direction on a compass, the Western world refers to the culture of the USA and Europe. The other is Eastern society, which includes Asia. They aren’t as popular now, but kids used to watch Westerns, also known as cowboy movies. If you go to a store that sells Western wear, you might walk out with a ten-gallon hat and red cowboy boots. Yeehaw!

Primary Meanings of western

1.
adj
lying toward or situated in the west
2.
n
a sandwich made from a western omelet
Full Definitions of western
1

adj lying toward or situated in the west

“our company's western office”
Synonyms:
west
situated in or facing or moving toward the west

adj of wind; from the west

Synonyms:
westerly
west
situated in or facing or moving toward 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

Synonyms:
Hesperian, occidental
denoting or characteristic of countries of Europe and the western hemisphere
Antonyms:
eastern
relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world
oriental
denoting or characteristic of countries of Asia
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adj of or characteristic of regions of the United States west of the Mississippi River

Synonyms:
southwestern
of a region of the United States generally including New Mexico; Arizona; Texas; California; and sometimes Nevada; Utah; Colorado
midwestern
of a region of the United States generally including Ohio; Indiana; Illinois; Iowa; Missouri; Kansas; Nebraska; and sometimes Michigan; Wisconsin; Minnesota
northwestern
of a region of the United States generally including Washington; Oregon; Idaho; and sometimes Montana; Wyoming
west-central
of a region of the United States usually including Colorado; Nevada; Utah
Antonyms:
eastern
of or characteristic of eastern regions of the United States
east-central
of a region of the United States generally including Kentucky, West Virginia
mid-Atlantic, middle Atlantic
of a region of the United States generally including Delaware; Maryland; Virginia; and usually New York; Pennsylvania; New Jersey
northeastern
of a region of the United States generally including the New England states; New York; and sometimes New Jersey and Pennsylvania
southeastern
of a region of the United States generally including Alabama; Georgia; Florida; Tennessee; South Carolina; North Carolina
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n a sandwich made from a western omelet

Synonyms:
western sandwich
Type of:
sandwich
two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them

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