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western

[wes-tern] /ˈwɛs tərn/
adjective
1.
lying toward or situated in the west:
our company's western office.
2.
directed or proceeding toward the west:
a western migration.
3.
coming or originating from the west, as a wind.
4.
(often initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, living in, or characteristic of the West, especially the western U.S.:
a Western ranch.
5.
(usually initial capital letter) Occidental:
to adopt Western dress.
6.
(usually initial capital letter) of or relating to the non-Communist countries of Europe and the Americas:
Western trade agreements.
7.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Western Church.
noun
8.
(often initial capital letter) a story, movie, or radio or television play about the U.S. West of the 19th century.
10.
a person or thing from a western region or country.
Origin
1050
before 1050; 1905-10 for def 8; Middle English, Old English westerne, equivalent to west west + -erne -ern
Related forms
anti-Western, adjective
nonwestern, adjective, noun
pro-Western, adjective
unwestern, adjective
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  • Named after old westerns where the good guys usually wore white hats.
British Dictionary definitions for westerns

western

/ˈwɛstən/
adjective
1.
situated in or towards or facing the west
2.
going or directed to or towards the west
3.
(of a wind, etc) coming or originating from the west
4.
native to, inhabiting, or growing in the west
5.
(music) See country and western

Western

/ˈwɛstən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the West as opposed to the Orient
2.
(formerly) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Americas and the parts of Europe not under Communist rule
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the western states of the US
noun
4.
a film, book, etc, concerned with life in the western states of the US, esp during the era of exploration and early development
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Word Origin and History for westerns

western

adj.

"toward or of the west," Old English westerne (see west) + -erne, suffix denoting direction. The noun meaning "book or movie about the Old West" is first attested 1909.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for westerns

welsh

noun

: Link can't take a welsh, so he looks around for a way to get his dough

verb

To default on or evade an obligation, esp paying a gambling debt: Say, are you going to welsh on me?/ Some American officials feel that the Syrians welshed on their promise (1857+)

[apparently fr the same bigoted stereotype of the Welsh reflected in the English nursery rhyme ''Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief,'' although perhaps a borrowing of German Welsch, ''foreigner'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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