adjective Etymology: Middle English estern, from Old English ēasterne; akin to Old High German ōstrōni eastern, Old English ēast east Date: before 12th century 1. capitalized of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated East 2. capitalized a. of, relating to, or being the Christian churches originating in the church of the Eastern Roman Empire b. Eastern Orthodox 3. a. lying toward the east b. coming from the east <
an eastern wind
easternmost adjective

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