Definition of eastern in English:



  • 1attributive Situated in, directed towards, or facing the east.

    ‘the eastern slopes of the mountain’
    ‘eastern Spain’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The term La Niña refers to the extensive cooling of the central and eastern Pacific.’
    • ‘Any presidential candidate has had to woo support from the northern and eastern industrial cities.’
    • ‘The disturbances continued until December and spread to much of southern and eastern England.’
    • ‘He has also worked in the southern and eastern divisions as well as HQ at Hutton.’
    • ‘They munch locusts all winter in southern and eastern Africa, then fly back here before Easter to nest.’
    • ‘Where were you people when eastern Canada was hit with the ice storm of the century?’
    • ‘The eastern coast is hot, very wet, subject to cyclones, and densely clad with rainforest.’
    • ‘The Andes form a barrier to the eastern margin of the South Pacific anticyclone.’
    • ‘Such evidence seems to point to an area in the northern part of eastern Europe.’
    • ‘In contrast, eastern boundary currents on the east of the ocean basins tend to be broad and slow.’
    • ‘It then appears very low in the eastern sky at about an hour and a half before sunrise.’
    • ‘Its eastern part exhibits some discrete, strong and positive magnetic anomalies.’
    • ‘The heatwave which for days has enveloped eastern America is about to explode.’
    • ‘Maybe some in eastern Oklahoma, and Mississippi and Tennessee may get some storms as well.’
    • ‘For observers in Europe, the Moon will be low in the sky, just above the eastern horizon.’
    • ‘The divide between the eastern seaboard and the rural interior is stark.’
    • ‘The area around Valencia on the eastern coast was particularly hit by the action.’
    • ‘In the eastern area, the food is heavier, with more of an accent on mutton and pork.’
    1. 1.1(of a wind) blowing from the east.
      eastern, easterly, eastwardly, oriental
  • 2

    (also Eastern)
    Living in or originating from the regions or countries to the east of Europe.

    ‘an Eastern mystic’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today was like any other day in the life of a Flu victim living in a traditional eastern family.’
    • ‘The eastern and western musical forms then combined in pieces by West Wales composer Peter Stacey.’
    1. 2.1Relating to or characteristic of the East or its inhabitants.
      ‘Eastern philosophy and culture’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is because our eastern philosophy and culture teaches us to revere life in all its forms.’
      • ‘However, this happy juxtaposition of Eastern style and Western living has not always been so effortless.’
      • ‘As a teenager she went to talks on eastern thought at the Vedanta Society.’


Old English ēasterne(as east, -ern).