east

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English est, from Old English ēast, from Proto-Germanic *austą, from Proto-Indo-European *aus-. Compare West Frisian east, Dutch oost, German Ost, Norwegian aust.

Noun[edit]

east (countable and uncountable, plural easts)

  1. One of the four principal compass points, specifically 90°, conventionally directed to the right on maps; the direction of the rising sun at an equinox.
    • 1895, Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure — In a few hours the birds come to it from all points of the compass – east, west, north, and south...

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Adjective[edit]

east (not comparable)

  1. Situated or lying in or towards the east; eastward.
  2. (meteorology) wind from the east
  3. Of or pertaining to the east; eastern.
  4. From the East; oriental.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (situated or lying in or towards the east): eastward
  • (meteorology: wind from the east): easterly
  • (of or pertaining to the east): eastern
  • (from the East): oriental

Antonyms[edit]

  • (situated or lying in or towards the east): westward
  • (meteorology: wind from the east): westerly
  • (of or pertaining to the east): western

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Adverb[edit]

east (not comparable)

  1. towards the east; eastwards

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *austą, from Proto-Indo-European *aus- (eastern). Cognate with Old Frisian āst, Old Saxon ost, Dutch oost, Old High German ōst, German Osten, Old Norse austr. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin auster (southerly) and aurora (dawn), Latvian austrumi (easterly), Albanian ag (dawn, early morning; black mark round the eyes), Proto-Slavic *(j)utro.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ēast m

  1. the east

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Adjective[edit]

ēast

  1. eastern, easterly

Declension[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ēast

  1. from the east
  2. towards the east

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian āst, from Proto-Germanic *austą. Compare English east, Dutch oost, German Ost, Norwegian aust.

Noun[edit]

east

  1. east

Adjective[edit]

east

  1. east, eastern, easterly