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

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Other Words from eastern

easternmost \ ˈē-​stərn-​ˌmōst How to pronounce easternmost (audio) \ 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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As of Tuesday morning, eastern Iowans woke up to more than six inches of snow, and will see that number climb to around 10 inches as the day goes on. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Brace Yourselves: The Entire Country Will be Hit by a Brutal Winter Storm This Week," 12 Feb. 2019 Election officials are looking at hundreds of absentee ballot requests collected by the same handful of people in Bladen County in the rural eastern part of the Ninth District. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "North Carolina Judge Declines to Certify Winner of Disputed Congressional Race," 22 Jan. 2019 From there, western and eastern churches differ a bit: In western Christian churches, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (the 7th Wednesday before Easter) and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 11 Jan. 2019 The next total solar eclipse to hit the United States will happen on April 8, 2024, and will pass across the eastern part of the country. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About the July 2019 Solar Eclipse," 7 Jan. 2019 That’s especially true in remote regions like these, far-flung from the main tourist hubs of Sossuvlei and Deadvlei in the eastern part of country and Etosha National Park in the north. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 The environmental health threats of the flooding are especially acute in North Carolina, which has a massive livestock sector concentrated in the eastern part of the state, the same region hardest hit by the storm. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florence dropped so much rain that hog waste is spilling out of lagoons," 18 Sep. 2018 That's the eastern part of the city and part of the city of Milwaukee. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New food pantry opening at Salvation Army believed to be Greenfield's first," 2 July 2018 Last week, one group said that oil fields in the eastern part of the country would be split off into a new national oil company separate from the existing one. David Nakamura And Steven Mufson, chicagotribune.com, "Trump presses Saudis to increase oil production in face of rising gas prices," 30 June 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
: 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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