Eastern



[ee-stern] /ˈi stərn/

adjective
1.
lying toward or situated in the east:
the eastern half of the island.
2.
directed or proceeding toward the east:
an eastern route.
3.
coming from the east:
an eastern wind.
4.
(often initial capital letter) of or relating to the East in the U.S.:
an eastern congressman.
5.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Eastern Church or to any of the churches comprising it.
6.
(usually initial capital letter) .
7.
(usually initial capital letter) (formerly) of or relating to the Soviet Union and its allies.
/ˈiːstən/
adjective
1.
situated in or towards the east
2.
facing or moving towards the east
adj.

Old English easterne “of the east, from the east; oriental; of the Eastern Orthodox Church; of the eastern part of the globe,” from east + -erne, suffix denoting direction. Cf. Old Saxon ostroni, Old High German ostroni, Old Norse austroenn. Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia so called from 1620s.

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