What does Eastern mean?

Definitions for Eastern
ˈi stərneast·ern

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Eastern.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. easternadjective

    lying toward or situated in the east

    "the eastern end of the island"

  2. easternadjective

    of or characteristic of eastern regions of the United States

    "the Eastern establishment"

  3. easterly, easternadjective

    lying in or toward the east

    "the east side of New York"; "eastern cities"

  4. easternadjective

    relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world

    "Eastern Europe"; "the Eastern religions"

  5. easterly, easternadjective

    from the east; used especially of winds

    "an eastern wind"; "the winds are easterly"


  1. easternadjective

    Of, facing, situated in, or related to the east

  2. easternadjective

    blowing from the east; easterly

  3. easternadjective


  4. Etymology: From esterne, from easterne, from austrōnjaz, from austero-, from aus-. Cognate with and ostroni, austroenn. More at east.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Easternadjective

    Etymology: from East.

    Eastern tyrants from the light of heaven
    Seclude their bosom-slaves. James Thomson, Spring.

    The eastern end of the isle rises up in precipices. Addison.

    A ship at sea has no certain method in either her eastern or western voyages, or even in her less distant sailing from the coasts, to know her longitude, or how much she is gone eastward or westward, as can easily be known in any clear day or night how much she is gone northward or southward. Addison.


  1. eastern

    Eastern is a term that is used to refer to the direction that lies to the right of north when a person is facing the rising sun. It can also refer to locations, cultures, or phenomena that are located towards or characteristic of the east part of the world or a specific region. In a broader perspective, it may also refer to countries in Asia or the Eastern Hemisphere. The specific interpretation varies depending on context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Easternadjective

    situated or dwelling in the east; oriental; as, an eastern gate; Eastern countries

  2. Easternadjective

    going toward the east, or in the direction of east; as, an eastern voyage

  3. Etymology: [AS. estern.]

Editors Contribution

  1. eastern

    Relating to the direction east.

    The eastern winds were gentle and moderate.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Eastern is ranked #134712 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Eastern surname appeared 125 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Eastern.

    62.4% or 78 total occurrences were Black.
    25.6% or 32 total occurrences were White.
    8% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Eastern' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1721

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Eastern' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3341

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Eastern' in Adjectives Frequency: #226

Anagrams for Eastern »

  1. sterane

  2. earnest

  3. Earnest

  4. estrane

  5. nearest

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Eastern in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Eastern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Eastern in a Sentence

  1. Abraham Lincoln:

    It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words, 'And this, too, shall pass away.' How much it expresses How chastening in the hour of pride How consoling in the depths of affliction

  2. Joe Biden:

    I said Putin's looking for the Finlandization of Eastern Europe. He's going to get the NATOization of Eastern Europe. And that is exactly what he didn't want, but exactly what needs to be done to guarantee security for Eastern Europe. And I think it's necessary.

  3. Eileen Lainez:

    This is a ridiculous attempt to shift the focus away from what is actually happening in eastern Ukraine, russia continues to supply lethal weapons, training and command and control support for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine, in blatant violation of Moscow's Minsk commitments and Ukraine's sovereignty.

  4. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan:

    Turkey will not accept any notion that denies Israel's right to exist. Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic.

  5. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    Not least under these circumstances, the eastern partnership is more important than ever, we will further support our eastern neighbors on their path to a society based on democracy and the rule of law.

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