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west·ern  audio  (wstrn) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Situated in, toward, or facing the west.
  2. Coming from the west: western breezes.
  3. Native to or growing in the west.
  4. often Western Of, relating to, or characteristic of western regions or the West.
  5. Western Of, relating to, or descended from those Christian churches that use or formerly used Latin as their liturgical language.
NOUN:
often Western A novel, film, television program, or other dramatic work including themes, characters, or settings characteristic of the American West.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old English westerne; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
western·ness(Noun)


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