east·​ern | \ ˈē-stərn How to pronounce eastern (audio) \

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

Examples of eastern in a Sentence

They live in the eastern part of the state. the eastern shore of the river
Recent Examples on the Web Last October, an earthquake that struck the eastern Greek Aegean island of Samos and the nearby Turkish coast killed two high school students on Samos and at least 75 people in Turkey. Derek Gatopoulos And Costas Kantouris, Star Tribune, "Greece: Thousands spend night outdoors after powerful quake," 3 Mar. 2021 The extreme cold spread over massive swaths of the southern and eastern U.S., leading to power outages in other states but none as widespread or severe as in Texas. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, "Congressional Investigation Launched Into Texas Power Outages," 3 Mar. 2021 The agreement allowed the Soviet Union to invade and occupy eastern Poland in 1939 as Hitler invaded from the west, triggering the Second World War. Nile Gardiner, National Review, "Churchill’s Prophetic Warning: ‘An Iron Curtain Has Descended’," 3 Mar. 2021 Defense officials confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Crimea has been increasingly militarized since it was seized by Russia, setting up a Russian military outpost near NATO's eastern flank. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "US support for Ukraine ramps up seven years after Russian invasion of Crimea," 2 Mar. 2021 Set on 66 acres on the eastern tip of Maui, the 74-room oceanfront resort is a luxury oasis on the picturesque road to Hana. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Maui Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 The eastern side of the figure-eight road, which was car-free even before the pandemic, would remain that way. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Twin Peaks compromise: Car-free access to remain on one route," 2 Mar. 2021 The Islamic State group also has a presence in the eastern Afghan province of Nangahar, of which Jalalabad is the capital. Reuters And Cnn Staff, CNN, "Three female journalists killed by gunmen in Afghanistan in latest wave of violence," 2 Mar. 2021 Luce County, in the eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula, had the lowest per capita income compared with all other counties at $32,174. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Washtenaw County saw Michigan's 3rd largest personal income increase in 2019," 2 Mar. 2021

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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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“Eastern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eastern. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eastern

: located toward the east
: of or relating to the countries of Asia


east·​ern | \ ˈē-stərn How to pronounce eastern (audio) \

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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