Definition of eastern in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːst(ə)n/


1 [attributive] Situated in, directed towards, or facing the east: the eastern slopes of the mountain eastern Spain
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  • They would totally obscure the view of the Tower from the eastern aspect.
  • In the eastern Mediterranean a wind blows out from Libya and Egypt, known as the Khamsin.
  • For different reasons, parts of temperate eastern Asia also experience quite cold winters.
1.1(Of a wind) blowing from the east.
2 (Eastern) Living in or originating from the regions or countries to the east of Europe: an Eastern mystic
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  • It wasn't long before the group discovered a demand for Eastern music in Europe.
  • Like most of the others, he wore extravagant clothes made from the finest eastern silks and fabrics.
  • The diversity of far eastern cinema today is as impressive as its quality.
2.1Relating to or characteristic of the East or its inhabitants: Eastern philosophy and culture
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  • A clearer insight can be developed from a number of eastern traditions or from a Marxist tradition.
  • For research purposes, I'm looking for books on eastern magic practices and culture.
  • Tens of thousands of people flocked to Heaton Park at the weekend for a feast of eastern culture.



Pronunciation: /ˈiːst(ə)nˌməʊst/
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  • The dense boreal forests of roadless Isle Royale, located 22 miles off Minnesota's easternmost tip in Lake Superior, put you in prime moose-viewing territory.
  • Massachusetts, meanwhile, had five major declared disasters, mostly associated with heavy rains and flooding in its seven easternmost counties.
  • Dozens of protesters took turns delivering speeches opposing the partitioning of the country's easternmost province.


Old English ēasterne (as east, -ern).

Words that rhyme with eastern

northeastern, southeastern

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