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"western" in British English

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westernadjective

(also Western) uk   /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 ​westpart of the ​world, ​especiallyNorthAmerica and ​countries in the ​west of ​Europe: western ​opinion/​culture a Western-educated ​engineer western ​medicine

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westernnoun [C]

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

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(Definition of western from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"western" in American English

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westernnoun [C]

 us   /ˈwes·tərn/
a ​moviebased on ​stories about ​life in the ​part of the US ​west of the Mississippi River when ​whitepeoplebegan going there to ​live in the 19th ​century

westernadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈwes·tərn/ (abbreviation W.)
lying toward, ​facing, or coming from the ​west: Grand Rapids is in the western ​part of Michigan.
(Definition of western from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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