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[ee-ster-ling] /ˈi stər lɪŋ/
noun, Archaic.
a native of a country lying to the east, especially a merchant from the Baltic.
Origin of easterling
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English esterling, equivalent to ester eastern (perhaps representing Old English ēastra, comparative of ēast adj.) + -ling1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Audulf the easterling snatches up a spear and launches it at Gunnar.

  • He got also from the easterling twenty hundreds in wares, and that was also in their bargain for the land.

  • Many of them were easterling hulks laden with stores for a new invasion of England.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • Hjort had been the death of two men, and the easterling leapt on him and smote him full on the breast.

  • Flosi asked him in what coin he wished to be paid for her; the easterling says he wanted land for her near where he then was.

  • Flosi made over the land at Borgarhaven to the easterling, but shook hands on the bargain for the ship.

  • Gunnar sees this and was swift to smite at the easterling, and cuts him asunder at the waist.

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