east

[ eest ]
/ ist /

noun

adjective

adverb

to, toward, or in the east: an island located east of Sumatra; He went east.

Origin of east

before 900; Middle English est, Old English ēast; cognate with German ost, Old Norse austr; akin to Latin aurōra, Greek aúōs (dialectal variant of ēṓs, héōs) dawn. See Easter
Related formseast·ness, noun

Definition for east (2 of 2)

East.

or east.


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British Dictionary definitions for east (1 of 2)

east

/ (iːst) /

noun

adjective

situated in, moving towards, or facing the east
(esp of the wind) from the east

adverb

in, to, or towards the east
archaic (of the wind) from the east
Symbol: E

Word Origin for east

Old English ēast; related to Old High German ōstar to the east, Old Norse austr, Latin aurora dawn, Greek eōs, Sanskrit usās dawn, morning

British Dictionary definitions for east (2 of 2)

East

/ (iːst) /

noun the East

the continent of Asia regarded as culturally distinct from Europe and the West; the Orient
the countries under Communist rule and formerly under Communist rule, lying mainly in the E hemisphereCompare West (def. 2)
(in the US)
  1. the area north of the Ohio and east of the Mississippi
  2. the area north of Maryland and east of the Alleghenies

adjective

  1. of or denoting the eastern part of a specified country, area, etc
  2. (as part of a name)East Sussex
Derived FormsEastern, adjective
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Word Origin and History for east

east


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