- in, of, to, toward, or facing the west
- from the west: a western wind
- [alsoW-] of or characteristic of the West
- [W-] of the Western Church
Origin of westernMiddle English from Old English westerne
- a film, book, etc. having a setting in the W U.S., esp. during the 19th-cent. period of development and expansion of the frontier
- Situated in, toward, or facing the west.
- Coming from the west: western breezes.
- Native to or growing in the west.
- often Western Of, relating to, or characteristic of western regions or the West.
- Western Of, relating to, or descended from those Christian churches that use or formerly used Latin as their liturgical language.
often Western A novel, film, television program, or other dramatic work including themes, characters, or settings characteristic of the American West, especially of the late 1800s.
Origin of westernMiddle English from Old English westerne ; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more Western, superlative most Western)
- Of, situated in, or related to the West
- Of or pertaining to a certain genre of film, television, literature, and so on, dealing with the American Old West.
- (of the West): non-Western
- A film, novel, or other work of a certain genre dealing with the American Old West.