1A wind blowing from the east.
Usually with capital initials. Any one of the four tiles representing this wind. Also: the player who throws the highest score at the outset of a game and draws the first four tiles, or who succeeds to this designation at a later stage.
Old English; earliest use found in Byrhtferð of Ramsey (fl. c986–c1016), Benedictine monk and scholar. From the uninflected (originally adverb) stem of east + wind.