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 Most civilians have fled as Russian forces close in on this strategic town in eastern Ukraine. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 18 June 2022 As Russia tries to take the initiative in eastern Ukraine, Moscow has had to find fresh manpower from some unlikely places for what is shaping up to be a crucial phase of the war. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 18 June 2022 How the Battle Is Unfolding: Russian and Ukrainian forces are using a bevy of weapons as a deadly war of attrition grinds on in eastern Ukraine. New York Times, 18 June 2022 The family of one of three U.S. service members who have gone missing in Ukraine believes he may have been captured following a clash with Russian forces in eastern Ukraine earlier this month. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 16 June 2022 First sanctioned by the U.S. in 2014 for funding pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Malofeyev is an investor with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Derek Saul, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Ukrainian officials have warned that Russia is gaining ground in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, specifically in the city of Severodonetsk, which has seen some of the heaviest fighting. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 15 June 2022 Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said neither Moscow nor the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine who passed the sentence had heard from London on the issue. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 14 June 2022 After similar shelters in eastern Ukraine were evacuated, the facility became overcrowded with two vital therapy rooms converted into dormitories for 38 new arrivals. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 13 June 2022 See More

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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 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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