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

    ‘the eastern slopes of the mountain’
    • ‘eastern Long Island’
    • ‘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 east, in particular the regions or countries lying to the east of Europe.

    ‘an Eastern monk’
    • ‘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.
      ‘an eastern religion’
      • ‘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.’



/ˈēstərn/ /ˈistərn/


Old English ēasterne(as east, -ern).