From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The term Western world or "the West" (also on rare occasions called the Occident) can have multiple meanings depending on its context (i.e. the time period and the used criteria). Even definitions of what constitutes the West today vary. In general however there is a consensus that the West includes at least Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and Western Europe.
As a synonym for 'developed countries'
- Western culture, a term used to refer to the cultures of people of European origin and their descendants.