- the Occident,
- the West; the countries of Europe and America.
- Western Hemisphere.
- (lowercase) the west; the western regions.
noun the Occident
- the countries of Europe and America
- the western hemisphere
- a literary or formal word for west Compare orient
n.late 14c., “western part” (of the heavens or earth), from Old French occident (12c.) or directly from Latin occidentem (nominative occidens) “western sky, sunset, part of the sky in which the sun sets,” noun use of adjective meaning “setting,” from present participle of occidere “fall down, go down” (see occasion (n.)). Term referring originally to Europe but now including North America and South America as well. Occident means “the West,” as opposed to Orient, “the East.”