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
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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Victoria airs Sunday nights on Masterpiece PBS at 9 p.m. eastern. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jenna Coleman Reveals Why She Likes Playing Victoria Most When the Queen Is Pregnant," 14 Jan. 2019 Here's how a landing with a SpaceX Crew Dragon, which is scheduled to have its first flight in 2019, is supposed to look: The capsule makes a splash landing in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida's eastern seaboard. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Built a Helicopter-Ready Rescue Ship in Case Something Goes Wrong When Astronauts Return to Earth," 6 Nov. 2018 Steve Watkins, who is running against Democrat Paul Davis for the 2nd District seat in eastern Kansas, often cited his experience starting the small business as one of his strengths in the race. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems opt to stick it out with Pelosi," 28 Sep. 2018 There appears to be a genetic component: the condition is more common among people of northern and eastern European descent, and more frequently diagnosed in women than in men. Nadia Berenstein, SELF, "Holiday Parties Bring Out the Worst of My Rosacea," 19 Dec. 2018 Based out of Maryland, Off Grid Adventure Vans is both one of the only van outfitters on the eastern seaboard and one of the industry’s most affordable. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 9 best camper vans of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 But nobody is trying to drill through the eastern Antarctic ice shelf, and a probe will have to prepare for an ice sheet possibly quadrupled in depth. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Nuclear Tunneling Worm Could Help Us Find Out What's Beneath Europa's Ice," 17 Dec. 2018 Despite moving the Fraser's home base to North Carolina, Outlander shot Season 4 in Scotland and eastern Europe, Moore confirmed to EW. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4: Everything We Know," 26 Oct. 2018 Jadalynn Rebecca Myers, 24, was found dead Tuesday off Shelbyville Road in far eastern Jefferson County, before the entrance to Valhalla Golf Club. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Police ask for help finding purple Honda involved in fatal hit-and-run," 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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