down East

[ doun-eest ]

  1. New England.

  2. the state of Maine.

  1. Canadian. the Atlantic Provinces.

  1. in, to, or into New England.

  2. in, to, or into the state of Maine.

  1. Canadian. in, to, or into the Atlantic Provinces.

Origin of down East

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20

Words Nearby down East Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use down East in a sentence

  • The march turned down East 33rd Street into the setting sun and the reward of a cooling breeze.

    She Is Trayvon Martin | Michael Daly | July 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • She could hear Pierston's footsteps passing down East Quarriers to the inn; but she went no further in that direction.

    The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
  • You will have plenty of time to get there as they are away down East yet, in the state of New York.

    Billy Whiskers' Adventures | Frances Trego Montgomery
  • They all came for days and days together in the car from somewhere down East, Ontario, I think.

    The Major | Ralph Connor
  • A group of very learned people are to visit a little city down East called Happy Vale.

    Gypsy Flight | Roy J. Snell
  • He was frankly Western and Stannard's type was new, although some people in down-East cities cultivated his qualities.

    Northwest! | Harold Bindloss