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.


  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. Paul Begala:

    That's what's weird, the Democratic party, when you lose, you're out. You go to like Eastern Massachusetts Tech and teach. And we never want to see you again. This is what's so different, is that she has run and come up short, and yet they love her. She's been on the scene for decades, and we (usually) want new, and yet they love her.

  2. John Wineland:

    Greek was the common language of the Eastern Roman Empire, which explains why the New Testament is written in Greek during the Roman period.

  3. Mark Parrington:

    Once upon a time, you had a fire every 100 to 150 years in one location, which means the forest completely regenerates and you end up with a mature forest, and then the fire comes along, and then you start again, what we're seeing in some parts of Eastern Siberia is the fires are happening every 10 to 30 years now, in some places, and what Eastern Siberia means is the forest is not going to be able to become mature, and you end up with an [ ecosystem ] shift to kind of a shrub land or swampy grassland.

  4. Julie Wagner:

    A large draw for Middle Eastern travelers is the opulent hotel accommodations as well as the breadth of shopping opportunities available in our city, not only can Middle Eastern travelers shop in flagship stores for renowned labels with exclusive merchandise, but many of our retailers offer after-hours, VIP shopping and personal styling experiences with advance notice, as well.

  5. William Nault:

    I would assess that as getting worse over the last year instead of better, that threat would be against a soft target meaning an industry ship passing or going in and out of ... the Red Sea towards the eastern end of Yemen.

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