- 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
Examples from the Web for eastern
Instead, spa hotels filled up with over 30,000 refugees from the war-troubled Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.Is Putin Turning to Terrorism in Ukraine?
January 6, 2015
On Wednesday, U.S. warplanes targeted a car he was traveling in on the eastern side of the city.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar
December 20, 2014
The lawless law enforcement in eastern Ukraine exists somewhere between Soviet rule and vigilante justice.The Corrupt Cops of Rebel-Held East Ukraine
December 11, 2014
Similar stories plague many parts of Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Asia.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
Since then, conflict has continued to pummel much of the eastern part of the Congo, but Kisangani has remained relatively calm.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
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.Yorkshire Painted And Described
Along the eastern front of these nations it was softened to "Zowie!"The Trail Book
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
- situated in or towards the east
- facing or moving towards the east
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.