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eastern

[ee-stern] /ˈi stərn/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English esterne, Old English ēasterne; akin to Old Norse austroenn, Old High German ōstrōni. See east, -ern
Related forms
noneastern, adjective
pro-Eastern, adjective
uneastern, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for eastern

eastern

/ˈiːstən/
adjective
1.
situated in or towards the east
2.
facing or moving towards the east
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Word Origin and History for 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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