What does eastern mean?

Definitions for eastern
ˈi stərneast·ern

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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.

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  

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. Jeanne Shaheen:

    Germany is a critical U.S. ally and I welcome steps by the administration to try to negotiate a diplomatic path forward and consult with our European allies to mitigate the impact of Nord Stream 2 2 pipeline project, however, I am not yet convinced that this agreement -- or any bilateral agreement -- can sufficiently provide assurances to our European allies and minimize the considerable economic impact and security implications of this pipeline's completion. I've long contended that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline should not be completed because it empowers the Kremlin to spread its malign influence throughout Eastern Europe, threatens the economic security of our European partners and puts our global stability at risk. I continue to believe that.

  2. Gene Norman:

    Warmer oceans are allowing eastern Pacific storms to reach higher latitudes.

  3. Budapest André Goodfriend:

    With its eastern opening, Hungary clearly pursues an energy policy independent of the European Union, the fact that they planned to build a second pipeline from Russia and they want to increase nuclear energy production, that is what threatens Hungary's energy independence.

  4. The Rev. Gilbert Walker:

    I became interested in Cuba hearing the stories of my great-grandparents and my grandmother. She lived until she was about 11 or 12 on a small sugar plantation in Chaparra, in eastern Cuba.

  5. Antony Blinken:

    Moscow is simultaneously driving the false narrative that NATO is threatening Russia, that NATO plans to station military infrastructure in Ukraine to stir conflict with Russia, that NATO swore after the cold war not to admit countries in Eastern Europe, and that NATO has broken those promises, each of those claims is false.

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