Word of the Day: Occident / Occidental

Oc·ci·dent  [ok-si-duhnt] 

noun

1. the Occident.

a. the West; the countries of Europe and America.
2. ( lowercase ) the west; the western regions.
 
Origin:
Middle English  < Middle French  < Latin occident-  (stem of occidēns ) present participle of occidere  to fall, (of the sun) to set, equivalent to oc- oc- + cid-  (combining form of cadere  to fall) + -ent- -ent

accident, Occident.
 
 

Occidental

noun

Definition of OCCIDENTAL

:  a member of one of the occidental peoples; especially :  a person of European ancestry
 

First Known Use of OCCIDENTAL

1857
 
 
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