- in, of, to, toward, or facing the east
- from the east: an eastern wind
- of or characteristic of the East
- of the Eastern Church
Origin of easternMiddle English esterne from Old English easterne
- Situated in, toward, or facing the east.
- Coming from the east: eastern breezes.
- Native to or growing in the east.
- often Eastern Of, relating to, or characteristic of eastern regions or the East.
- Eastern a. Of or relating to the Eastern Church.b. Of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Origin of easternMiddle English estern from Old English ēasterne ; see aus- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more eastern, superlative most eastern)
From Middle English esterne, from Old English ēasterne (“eastern”), from Proto-Germanic *austrōnijaz (“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.
(comparative more Eastern, superlative most Eastern)
- Of a region designated as the East by convention or from the perspective of the speaker or author.
- Of the Christian churches originating in the church of the Eastern Roman Empire.
- Eastern Orthodox.