adjective east·ern \ˈē-stərn\

: located toward the east

Eastern : of or relating to the countries of Asia

Full Definition of EASTERN

capitalized :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated East
a :  of, relating to, or being the Christian churches originating in the church of the Eastern Roman Empire
b :  eastern orthodox
a :  lying toward the east
b :  coming from the east <an eastern wind>
east·ern·most \-ˌmōst\ adjective

Examples of EASTERN

  1. They live in the eastern part of the state.
  2. the eastern shore of the river

Origin of EASTERN

Middle English estern, from Old English ēasterne; akin to Old High German ōstrōni eastern, Old English ēast east
First Known Use: before 12th century


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