see also: East
Pronunciation Noun


  1. 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. Abbreviated as E.
    • 1895, Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
      In a few hours the birds come to it from all points of the compass – east, west, north, and south […]
Translations Adjective

east (not comparable)

  1. Situated or lying in or towards the east; eastward.
  2. (meteorology) wind from the east
  3. Of or pertaining to the east; eastern.
  4. From the East; oriental.
  5. (ecclesiastical) Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which contains the choir or chancel.
    the east front of a cathedral
  • (situated or lying in or towards the east) eastward
  • (meteorology: wind from the east) easterly
  • (of or pertaining to the east) eastern
  • (from the East) oriental
  • (situated or lying in or towards the east) westward
  • (meteorology: wind from the east) westerly
  • (of or pertaining to the east) western
  • French: à l'est
  • Italian: orientale
  • Portuguese: ao leste, oriental
  • Russian: восто́чный
  • French: de l'est
  • Italian: di levante
  • Portuguese: do leste, leste
  • Russian: восто́чный
Translations Translations Adverb

east (not comparable)

  1. towards the east; eastwards
Synonyms Antonyms Translations
  • Portuguese: a leste, para o leste, em direção ao leste
  • Spanish: hacia el este, al este, (con) rumbo al este

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. (personification) The wind from the east.
    • 1847: Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Princess
      and I sat down and wrote, In such a hand as when a field of corn Bows all its ears before the roaring East
    • 1859: Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
      uneasy rushes of wind went through the hall [...] East, West, North, and South, through the woods, four heavy-treading, unkempt figures crushed the high grass and cracked the branches
  2. The Eastern world; the regions, primarily situated in the Eastern Hemisphere, whose culture is derived from Arabia, India or China.
    • 1868, Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone:
      I remember a hearty welcome; a prodigious supper, which would have fed a whole village in the East
  3. The Eastern Bloc; the eastern countries of Europe.
  4. (historical) the Soviet Union and its socialist allies during the Cold War.
  5. The eastern states of the United States.
  6. The eastern part of any region.
  7. Surname
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: les états de l'est des États-Unis
  • Italian: gli stato

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