eastern

adjective east·ern \ ˈē-stərn \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of eastern

1 capitalized :of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated East
2 capitalized
a :of, relating to, or being the Christian churches originating in the church of the Eastern Roman Empire
3 a :lying toward the east
b :coming from the east
  • an eastern wind

easternmost

play \ˈē-stərn-ˌmōst\ adjective

Examples of eastern in a Sentence

  1. They live in the eastern part of the state.

  2. the eastern shore of the river

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Origin and Etymology of eastern

Middle English estern, from Old English ēasterne; akin to Old High German ōstrōni eastern, Old English ēast east


EASTERN Defined for English Language Learners

eastern

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Definition of eastern for English Language Learners

  • : located toward the east

  • Eastern : of or relating to the countries of Asia


EASTERN Defined for Kids

eastern

adjective east·ern \ ˈē-stərn \

Definition of eastern for Students

1 :lying toward or coming from the east
2 often capitalized :of, relating to, or like that of the East

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