east·ern | \ˈē-stərn \

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

b : eastern orthodox

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 \ 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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Most of those protesting outside the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, on the eastern coast of Scotland, were peaceful. CBS News, "10,000 protest Trump in Edinburgh, Scotland -- live updates," 14 July 2018 Ten Years Taiwan kicks off on Lanyu, a small, windswept and underpopulated island off the eastern coast of Taiwan. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ten Years Taiwan': Film Review," 13 July 2018 The powerful storm will make a close pass to Taiwan late Tuesday into early Wednesday (local time) before accelerating toward the eastern coast of China, poised to make landfall Wednesday morning (local time) about 300 miles south of Shanghai. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "Typhoon Maria, lashing Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain, is headed for China’s east coast," 10 July 2018 Located on New York's eastern coast beyond the posh Hamptons, Bob Gosman Company opened in Montauk as a mom-and-pop clam shack more than six decades ago. chicagotribune.com, "'Sustainably caught' seafood? Nationwide distributor's murky supply chain exposed," 14 June 2018 Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast Tuesday, meteorologists said. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Alberto expected to weaken as storm moves through Alabama, Tennessee," 29 May 2018 Rough conditions were whipping up big waves off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast, and authorities warned swimmers to stay out of the surf because of life-threatening swells and rip currents. Jennifer Kay, BostonGlobe.com, "Alberto strikes Gulf Coast with dangerous surf, heavy rains," 28 May 2018 Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday. Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philly.com, "Flash floods, thunderstorms expected going into Memorial Day," 27 May 2018 Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday. Rebecca Santana, The Seattle Times, "Storm Alberto gains strength approaching northern Gulf Coast," 27 May 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

Eastern : of or relating to the countries of Asia


east·ern | \ˈē-stərn \

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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