[ee-stern] /ˈi stərn/
lying toward or situated in the east:
the eastern half of the island.
directed or proceeding toward the east:
an eastern route.
coming from the east:
an eastern wind.
(often initial capital letter) of or relating to the East in the U.S.:
an eastern congressman.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Eastern Church or to any of the churches comprising it.
(usually initial capital letter) .
(usually initial capital letter) (formerly) of or relating to the Soviet Union and its allies.
situated in or towards the east
facing or moving towards the east
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.
noun 1. a subgroup of the Algonquian language family, comprising the languages spoken aboriginally from Nova Scotia to northeastern North Carolina.
- Eastern bloc
The name applied to the former communist states of eastern Europe, including Yugoslavia and Albania, as well as the countries of the Warsaw Pact. (See also European Union and Iron Curtain.)
noun 1. .
- Eastern cape
noun 1. a province of S South Africa; formed in 1994 from the E part of the former Cape Province: service industries, agriculture, and mining. Capital: Bhisho (formerly Bisho). Pop: 7 088 547 (2004 est). Area: 169 600 sq km (65 483 sq miles) Also called Eastern Province