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western

adjective uk ( also Western)   /ˈwes.tən/ us    /-tɚn/

western adjective (DIRECTION)

B1 ( written abbreviation W) in or from the west of a place: western Europe California and other western states
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western adjective (COUNTRIES)

B1 relating to countries in the west part of the world, especially North America and countries in the west of Europe: western opinion/culture a Western-educated engineer western medicine
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western

noun [C] uk ( also Western)   /ˈwes.tən/ us    /-tɚn/ ( UK also cowboy film, US also cowboy movie)
a film based on stories about life in the west of the US in the past
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