east·​ern | \ˈē-stərn \

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

b : eastern orthodox

3a : lying toward the east

b : coming from the east an eastern wind

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Other Words from eastern

easternmost \ ˈē-​stərn-​ˌmōst \ adjective

Examples of eastern in a Sentence

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

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Meanwhile, Sharif's arrival in the eastern city of Lahore was delayed until 8 p.m. He will be accompanied by his daughter Mariam, who was sentenced to seven years in prison. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, chicagotribune.com, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 Mears said the area around Furr High School, nestled between the eastern side of 610 loop and Interstate 10, is not known for strays. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Dog attack leaves more than 100 birds dead at Furr HS agriculture pen," 31 May 2018 The Woodford family dates to the very founding days of Avon, then known as Nod, on the eastern side of town. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 15 May 2018 Nigeria’s main north-eastern city is at the centre of a series of jihadist campaigns stretching in two broad belts across Africa on either side of the Sahara. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 And in eastern Asia, Australia and parts of the western Pacific, the eclipse will be visible as the moon sets, in the early morning hours before sunrise on July 28. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018 Scholarship in his honor Clovis Ray took over a platoon of 20 soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "As the long war rages on, a Ranger’s sacrifice is remembered," 27 May 2018 Most of those protesting outside the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, on the eastern coast of Scotland, were peaceful. CBS News, "10,000 protest Trump in Edinburgh, Scotland -- live updates," 14 July 2018 Ten Years Taiwan kicks off on Lanyu, a small, windswept and underpopulated island off the eastern coast of Taiwan. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ten Years Taiwan': Film Review," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of eastern

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

History and Etymology for eastern

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

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English Language Learners Definition of eastern

: located toward the east

Eastern : of or relating to the countries of Asia


east·​ern | \ˈē-stərn \

Kids Definition of eastern

1 : lying toward or coming from the east

2 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the East

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