Definition of


  1. (noun, location) a location in the eastern part of a country, region, or city
  2. (noun, location) the countries of Asia
  3. (noun, location) the region of the United States lying to the north of the Ohio River and to the east of the Mississippi River
  4. (noun, linkdef) the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees
  5. (noun, linkdef) the direction corresponding to the eastward cardinal compass point
  6. (adj, all) situated in or facing or moving toward the east
  7. (adv, all) to, toward, or in the east
    located east of Rome

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Antonyms of East


Alternate forms of East

Hypernyms: cardinal compass point, direction, location

Origin of the word East

  1. O.E. east, from P.Gmc. *aus-to-, *austra- "east, toward the sunrise" (cf. Du. oost, Ger. Ost, O.N. austr "from the east"), from PIE *aus- "dawn" (cf. Skt. ushas "dawn," Gk. aurion "morning," O.Ir. usah, Lith. auszra "dawn," L. aurora "dawn," auster "south"), lit. "to shine." The east is the dire… more

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