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  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)
  3. (US) The Western United States in the 19th century era of terrestrial expansion; the Wild West.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.
  4. The western states of the United States.
  5. The European Union; a Western Region that is primarily an economic and political Bloc that covers 27 member states.
  6. Regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation.
  7. The western part of any region.
    Senegal is a nation that lies in the West.
  8. The one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the west or at the left of a diagram.
  9. A person (as a bridge player) occupying this position during a specified activity.
  10. A surname for a newcomer from the west, or someone who lived to the west of a village.

Derived terms[edit]



  • 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, The Century Co., New York, 1911.



West (on the left side of the card)


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


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


West m (genitive Wests or West, no plural)

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


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Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (compass points)
Nordwest Nord Nordost
West Compass rose simple plain.svg Ost
Südwest Süd Südost
Nordwesten Norden Nordosten
Westen Compass rose simple plain.svg Osten
Südwesten Süden Südosten