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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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 But the district, taking up the eastern half of Long Island, did narrowly vote for Barack Obama twice before backing Donald Trump by 12 points in 2016. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Live results in New York, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Maryland primary elections," 26 June 2018 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

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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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