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From Middle English esturne, esterne, from Old English ēasterne (eastern), from Proto-Germanic *austrōnijaz (eastern), from Proto-Indo-European *austero- (eastern), from Proto-Indo-European *aus- (to shine). Cognate with Old Saxon and Old High German ōstrōni (eastern), Old Norse austrœnn (eastern). More at east.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈiːstən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːstə(r)n


eastern (comparative more eastern, superlative most eastern)

  1. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the east.
    • 1948, Carey McWilliams, North from Mexico / The Spanish-Speaking People of The United States, J. B. Lippincott Company, page 25,
      While De Anza was exploring the Bay of San Francisco, seeking a site for the presidio, the American colonists on the eastern seaboard, three thousand miles away, were celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  2. (of a wind) Blowing from the east; easterly.
  3. (loosely) Oriental.

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