Far East


noun

the countries of E Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and sometimes adjacent areas.

Origin of Far East

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

Related forms

Far Eastern, adjective

Can be confused

Far East Middle East Near East
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British Dictionary definitions for far eastern (1 of 2)

Far Eastern

adjective

of or relating to the Far East (E Asia) or its inhabitants

British Dictionary definitions for far eastern (2 of 2)

Far East

noun

the Far East the countries of E Asia, usually including China, Japan, North and South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines: sometimes extended to include all territories east of Afghanistan

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Culture definitions for far eastern

Far East

Popular expression for the east Asian nations of China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea, Mongolia, and Taiwan.


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