from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Situated in, toward, or facing the east.
- adj. Coming from the east: eastern breezes.
- adj. Native to or growing in the east.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of eastern regions or the East.
- adj. Of or relating to the Eastern Church.
- adj. Of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the east
- adj. blowing from the east; easterly
- adj. oriental
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Situated or dwelling in the east; oriental
- adj. Going toward the east, or in the direction of east.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Situated toward the east or on the part toward the east: as, the eastern side of a town or church; the eastern shore of a bay.
- Going toward the east, or in the direction of east: as, an eastern route.
- Coming from the east; easterly.
- Of or pertaining to the east; Oriental; being or occurring in the east: as, eastern countries; eastern manners; an eastern tour.
- n. A person living in or belonging to the eastern part of a country or region; specifically, one belonging to one of the countries lying east of Europe; an Oriental.
- n. [capitalized] A member of the orthodox Oriental or Greek Church: in contradistinction from a Latin or Western.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lying toward or situated in the east
- adj. from the east; used especially of winds
- adj. of or characteristic of eastern regions of the United States
- adj. relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world
- adj. lying in or toward the east
Middle English estern, from Old English ēasterne; see aus- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English esterne, from Old English ēasterne ("eastern"), from Proto-Germanic *austrōnjaz (“eastern”), from Proto-Indo-European *austero- (“eastern”), from Proto-Indo-European *aus- (“to shine”). Cognate with Old Saxon and Old High German ōstrōni ("eastern"), Old Norse austrœnn ("eastern"). More at east. (Wiktionary)