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  • In most senses and as an English surname, from west, the direction.
  • As a Finnish surname, Americanized from Vesterinen.

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West (countable and uncountable, plural Wests)

  1. A placename
    1. The Western world; the regions, primarily situated in the Western Hemisphere, whose culture is derived from Europe.
    2. (historical) the Western Bloc (the noncommunist countries of Europe and America)
      • 1994 [March 30, 1994], Nixon, Richard, “Author's Note”, in Beyond Peace[1], New York: Random House, →ISBN, LCCN 94-10184, OCLC 30071886, page 253:
        When I came to Washington forty-seven years ago, the predominant issue was ensuring that the United States would step up to the communist threat, both abroad and at home. The ultimate satisfaction is to have lived long enough to see the West defeat communism and begin a new, equally arduous, equally noble campaign to ensure the victory of freedom, both abroad and at home.
      • 2022 August 24, Scherer, Steve; Ismail Shakil, “China warns of 'forceful measures' if Canada interferes in Taiwan”, in Tomasz Janowski, editor, Reuters[2], archived from the original on 24 August 2022, World‎[3]:
        The relationship between China and the West has worsened since U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier this month against Beijing's wishes.
    3. (US) The Western United States (sometimes excluding the West Coast), particularly (historical) in reference to the 19th century Wild West.
    4. A town in Holmes County, Mississippi, United States.
    5. A city in McLennan County, Texas, United States.
    6. An unincorporated community in Wetzel County, West Virginia, United States.
  2. Regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation.
  3. The western part of any region.
    Senegal is a nation that lies in the West.
  4. One of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the west or on the left of a diagram.
  5. (countable) A person (as a bridge player) occupying this position during a specified activity.
  6. (countable) A surname from Middle English for a newcomer from the west, or someone who lived to the west of a village.

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  • West at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • West in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • West in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911




From Middle High German and Old High German west, from Proto-Germanic *westrą. Compare Dutch west, English west, West Frisian west, Danish vest.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvɛst/
  • Rhymes: -ɛst
  • (file)


West m (strong, genitive Wests or West, no plural)

  1. the west (used without article; a short form of Westen)
    der Wind kommt aus Westthe wind is coming from the west
  2. a wind coming from the west (used with article)


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  • (compass points)
Nordwest Nord Nordost
West Compass rose simple plain.svg Ost
Südwest Süd Südost