lying toward or situated in the west: our company's western office.
directed or proceeding toward the west: a western migration.
coming or originating from the west, as a wind.
(often initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, living in, or characteristic of the West, especially the western U.S.: a Western ranch.
(usually initial capital letter) Occidental: to adopt Western dress.
(usually initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the non-Communist countries of Europe and the Americas: Western trade agreements.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Western Church.
(often initial capital letter) a story, movie, or radio or television play about the U.S. West of the 19th century.
a person or thing from a western region or country.

before 1050; 1905–10 for def 8; Middle English, Old English westerne, equivalent to west west + -erne -ern

anti-Western, adjective
nonwestern, adjective, noun
pro-Western, adjective
unwestern, adjective
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western (ˈwɛstən)
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)
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
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 & History

"toward or of the west," O.E. westerne (see west). The noun meaning "book or movie about the Old West" is first attested 1909.
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Example sentences
Western larch often follows or survives fires, later being replaced by other
Western lowland gorillas are endangered, but they remain far more common than
  their relatives, the mountain gorillas.
For two decades, western wildfires have grown hotter, burned longer-and become
  ever more unpredictable.
But in the past decade the risks have escalated as criminal activity has
  invaded the reserve's western region.
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