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eastern (adj.)

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. Cognate with Old Saxon ostroni, Old High German ostroni, Old Norse austroenn. Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia so called from 1620s.

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Definitions of eastern from WordNet

eastern (adj.)
lying toward or situated in the east;
the eastern end of the island
eastern (adj.)
of or characteristic of eastern regions of the United States;
eastern (adj.)
lying in or toward the east;
eastern cities
Synonyms: easterly
eastern (adj.)
relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world;
eastern (adj.)
from the east; used especially of winds;
an eastern wind
Synonyms: easterly
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