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Far East

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noun
  1. the countries of E Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and sometimes adjacent areas.
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Origin of Far East

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
Related formsFar Eastern, adjective
Can be confusedFar East Middle East Near East
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British Dictionary definitions for far east

Far East

noun
  1. 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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far east in Culture

Far East

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

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