- the direction to the right of a person facing north; direction in which sunrise occurs: it is properly the point on the horizon at which the center of the sun rises at the equinox
- the point on a compass at 90°, directly opposite west
- a region or district in or toward this direction
Origin of eastMiddle English est from Old English east, akin to German osten, Old Norse austr from Germanic base an unverified form aust-, dawn from Indo-European base an unverified form awes-, to shine, dawn from source Classical Latin aurora, dawn, aurum, gold
- in, of, to, toward, or facing the east
- from the east: an east wind
- [E-] designating the eastern part of a continent, country, etc.: East Africa
- in, of, or toward the altar of a church
in or toward the east; in an easterly direction
- the eastern part of the U.S.; specif.,
- the part east of the Allegheny Mountains, from Me. through Md.
- the part east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio
- the Eastern Hemisphere; specif., Asia and the nearby islands
- Abbr. E a. The cardinal point on the mariner's compass 90° clockwise from due north and directly opposite west.b. The direction of the earth's axial rotation.
- An area or region lying in the east.
- often East a. The eastern part of the earth, especially eastern Asia.b. The eastern part of a region or country.
- often East a. The region of the United States east of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Mason-Dixon Line.b. The former Communist bloc of countries in Asia and especially in Eastern Europe.
- The end of a church at which the altar is located. Also called liturgical east .
- To, toward, of, facing, or in the east: the east bank of the river.
- Originating in or coming from the east: a cool east wind.
In, from, or toward the east: a river flowing east.
Origin of eastMiddle English est from Old English ēast ; see aus- in Indo-European roots.
- One of the four principal compass points, specifically 90°, conventionally directed to the right on maps; the direction of the rising sun at an equinox.
- (personification) The wind from the east.
- The Eastern world; the regions, primarily situated in the Eastern Hemisphere, whose culture is derived from India or China.
- The Eastern Bloc; the eastern countries of Europe.
- (historical) the Soviet Union and its socialist allies during the Cold War.
- The eastern states of the United States.
- The eastern part of any region.