west [-s] n

OE west, ON vestr, L vesper, Gk hesperos. Webster says this word may signify decline, fall, or departure, as in L. occidens.

  1. Hesperides; mythical land of departed souls; direction towards the Isles of the Blessed; [fig.] afterlife.
  2. Occident; one of the four cardinal directions; direction where the prime vertical meets the horizon; side of the horizon where the sun sets; [fig.] dusk; twilight.