eastern

[ ee-stern ]
/ ˈi stərn /

adjective

Origin of eastern

before 1000; Middle English esterne, Old English ēasterne; akin to Old Norse austroenn, Old High German ōstrōni. See east, -ern
Related formsnon·east·ern, adjectivepro-East·ern, adjectiveun·east·ern, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for eastern

eastern

/ (ˈiːstən) /

adjective

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

eastern


adj.

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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