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

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However, redwood isn’t as easily available, particularly in the eastern regions of the country. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How to Choose the Best Deck Material for Your House," 22 May 2019 While the election, which began April 11, was largely peaceful, West Bengal, located in eastern India, was an exception. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "India’s marathon election ends, vote count begins Thursday," 20 May 2019 Watch Oyelowo reflect on Javert in the clip up top and see how things end up for his character in the final episode of Les Misérables, which airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. eastern. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ahead of the Les Misérables Finale, Lily Collins and David Oyelowo Reflect on the Series," 18 May 2019 In the event of a crisis the 2nd Cavalry would ride to NATO’s eastern border, helping to protect countries such as Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army is Upgrading the Stryker Armored Vehicle With a Bigger Gun," 3 May 2019 But returned in 2014 after Russia seized Crimea and backed armed separatists in eastern Ukraine, causing President Barack Obama to also pressure NATO allies to increase their defense spending. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "President Trump Says NATO Allies Owe the U.S. Money. He's Wrong," 11 July 2018 For example, Russia isn’t likely to withdraw from eastern Ukraine, where the Kremlin has been backing separatist militias in a violent war with the Ukrainian government that has claimed more than 10,000 lives in four years, or from Syria. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "World Cup gives Russia a global makeover, but how long will that last?," 10 July 2018 This plunge will result in a colder-than-average winter for the eastern half of the country. Cierra Williams, Country Living, "The Weather Channel Predicts a Brutal Winter for Most of the Country," 16 Nov. 2018 On Wednesday, the Fourth of July, the hot, humid weather will continue over most of the eastern half of the country. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Get used to it: Heat wave will continue to scorch eastern US this week," 2 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
: 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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