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easterling

[ee-ster-ling]
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noun Archaic.
  1. a native of a country lying to the east, especially a merchant from the Baltic.
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Origin of easterling

1375–1425; late Middle English esterling, equivalent to ester eastern (perhaps representing Old English ēastra, comparative of ēast adj.) + -ling1
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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.