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[ee-stern] /ˈi stərn/
lying toward or situated in the east:
the eastern half of the island.
directed or proceeding toward the east:
an eastern route.
coming from the east:
an eastern wind.
(often initial capital letter) of or relating to the East in the U.S.:
an eastern congressman.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Eastern Church or to any of the churches comprising it.
(usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of the East; Oriental.
(usually initial capital letter) (formerly) of or relating to the Soviet Union and its allies.
Origin of eastern
before 1000; Middle English esterne, Old English ēasterne; akin to Old Norse austroenn, Old High German ōstrōni. See east, -ern
Related forms
noneastern, adjective
pro-Eastern, adjective
uneastern, adjective Unabridged
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  • But it was not only in eastern Europe that his saving influence was felt.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • We go into the court-yard through a vaulted archway on the eastern side.

  • Along the eastern front of these nations it was softened to "Zowie!"

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • He supposed he was ignorant, according to eastern standards.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • The eastern end of the Cathedral does not impress the beholder.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for eastern


situated in or towards the east
facing or moving towards the east
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Word Origin and History for eastern

Old English easterne "of the east, from the east; oriental; of the Eastern Orthodox Church; of the eastern part of the globe," from east + -erne, suffix denoting direction. Cf. Old Saxon ostroni, Old High German ostroni, Old Norse austroenn. Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia so called from 1620s.

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