east

1 of 3

adverb

: to, toward, or in the east

east

2 of 3

adjective

1
: situated toward or at the east
an east window
2
: coming from the east
an east wind

east

3 of 3

noun

1
a
: the general direction of sunrise : the direction toward the right of one facing north
b
: the compass point directly opposite to west
2
capitalized
a
: regions lying to the east of a specified or implied point of orientation
b
: regions having a culture derived from ancient non-European especially Asian areas
3
: the altar end of a church
4
often capitalized
a
: the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the east or at the right of a diagram
b
: a person (such as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity

Examples of east in a Sentence

Adjective the east side of town Noun The city is framed by mountain ranges to the east and west. The wind blew from the east. This summer has been unusually hot in the East.
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Adverb
Instead, the flow shifted east to Arizona and Texas. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 The Chains is a day-use beach in Page that can be accessed from U.S. 89 just east of the bridge over Glen Canyon Dam. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for east 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English est, from Old English ēast; akin to Old High German ōstar to the east, Latin aurora dawn, Greek ēōs, heōs

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of east was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“East.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/east. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

east

1 of 3 adverb
: to or toward the east

east

2 of 3 adjective
1
: located toward or at the east
the east door of the school
2
: coming from the east
an east wind

east

3 of 3 noun
1
a
: the general direction of sunrise
b
: the compass point directly opposite to west
2
capitalized : regions or countries east of a specific place

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