1. Of or pertaining to the west; situated in the west, or in the region nearly in the direction of west; being in that quarter where the sun sets; as, the western shore of France; the western ocean.
Far o'er the glowing western main. --Keble.
2. Moving toward the west; as, a ship makes a western course; coming from the west; as, a western breeze.
Western Church. See Latin Church, under Latin.
Western empire Hist., the western portion of the Roman empire, as divided, by the will of Theodosius the Great, between his sons Honorius and Arcadius, a. d. 395.
adj 1: relating to or characteristic of regions of western parts of
the world; "the Western Hemisphere"; "Western Europe";
"the Western Roman Empire" [ant: eastern]
2: lying in or toward the west [syn: westerly]
3: of or characteristic of regions of the United States west of
the Mississippi River; "a Western ranch" [ant: eastern]
4: lying toward or situated in the west; "our company's western
5: of wind; from the west [syn: westerly]
n 1: a film about life in the western United States during the
period of exploration and development [syn: horse opera]
2: a sandwich made from a western omelet [syn: western