• (British) IPA: /ˈiːstən/


  1. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the east.
    • 1948, Carey McWilliams, North from Mexico / The Spanish-Speaking People of The United States, J. B. Lippincott Company, page 25,
      While De Anza was exploring the Bay of San Francisco, seeking a site for the presidio, the American colonists on the eastern seaboard, three thousand miles away, were celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  2. (of a wind) Blowing from the east; easterly.
  3. (loosely) Oriental.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: leste
  • Russian: восто́чный



  1. Of a region designated as the East by convention or from the perspective of the speaker or author.
    • 1859, Ferna Vale, Natalie; or, A Gem Among the Sea-Weeds
      The noble steamer Atlantic, after a most favorable passage of twelve days, carried our friends safely to the desired port of Liverpool. As Natalie stood once again upon terra firma, she could hardly credit that over three thousand miles of ocean separated her from her home,—that the same waves which washed the shores of her cherished island, broke upon the shores of this Eastern world.
  2. Of the Christian churches originating in the church of the Eastern Roman Empire.
  3. Eastern Orthodox.

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