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 In a six-day span, 20 horses were found dead along U.S. 23 near the Floyd-Pike County line in the eastern part of the state. Washington Post, "Third horse rescued in Kentucky where 20 others were killed," 14 Jan. 2020 The far eastern parts of Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia could endure more extreme weather, according to CNN Weather. Steve Almasy And Briana Gordon, CNN, "The worst effects of the deadly storms this weekend are mostly over. But flooding is still a big concern," 12 Jan. 2020 During its Antarctic field tests beneath the ice of O’Brien Bay near Casey Station, an Australian base on the eastern part of the continent, the rover successfully endured three frigid three-hour deployments. David W. Brown, New York Times, "This Robot’s Journey to an Icy Alien Moon Starts Beneath Antarctica," 3 Jan. 2020 Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews declared a disaster across much of the eastern part of the state, allowing the government to order evacuations in an area with as many as 140,000 permanent residents and tens of thousands more vacationers. Author: Shonal Ganguly, Steve Mcmorran, Anchorage Daily News, "Thousands of Australians evacuate by road and sea as wildfire forecast intensifies," 3 Jan. 2020 Rain will begin to ease some through the day on Friday but could linger into Saturday for the eastern parts of the state. Leigh Morgan, al, "Severe storms, flooding concerns in Alabama’s forecast for the next two days," 2 Jan. 2020 In the eastern part of the reserve, where Tutu Pombo lived, many people embraced mining and logging; in the west, many resisted, and conservation N.G.O.s came in to support them. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 Toward the eastern part of that corridor, the recent Saddleridge fire was the third blaze near Sylmar in 11 years. Los Angeles Times, "Winds drive California’s wildfire season. But people are what make it so dangerous," 18 Oct. 2019 The Cheat River courses through one of the largest undammed watersheds in the eastern United States. Cincinnati.com, "360 degrees of the Cheat River: A journey to revitalization on an Ohio River tributary," 30 Dec. 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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The first known use of eastern was before the 12th century

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17 Jan 2020

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“Eastern.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eastern. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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