eastern

eastern

[ee-stern]
adjective
1.
lying toward or situated in the east: the eastern half of the island.
2.
directed or proceeding toward the east: an eastern route.
3.
coming from the east: an eastern wind.
4.
(often initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the East in the U.S.: an eastern congressman.
5.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Eastern Church or to any of the churches comprising it.
6.
(usually initial capital letter) Oriental.
7.
(usually initial capital letter) (formerly) of or pertaining to the Soviet Union and its allies.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English esterne, Old English ēasterne; akin to Old Norse austroenn, Old High German ōstrōni. See east, -ern

noneastern, adjective
pro-Eastern, adjective
uneastern, adjective
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East (iːst)
 
n
1.  the continent of Asia regarded as culturally distinct from Europe and the West; the Orient
2.  Compare West the countries under Communist rule and formerly under Communist rule, lying mainly in the E hemisphere
3.  in the US
 a.  the area north of the Ohio and east of the Mississippi
 b.  the area north of Maryland and east of the Alleghenies
 
adj
4.  a.  of or denoting the eastern part of a specified country, area, etc
 b.  (as part of a name): East Sussex
 
'Eastern
 
adj

eastern (ˈiːstən)
 
adj
1.  situated in or towards the east
2.  facing or moving towards the east

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eastern
O.E. easterne "of the east, from the east; of the Eastern Orthodox Church; of the eastern part of the globe;" see east. Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia so called from 1620s.
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