Definition of east noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//iːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//iːst//
    [uncountable, singular] (abbreviation E)
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  1. 1  (also the east) the direction that you look towards to see the sun rise; one of the four main points of the compass Which way is east? A gale was blowing from the east. a town to the east of (= further east than) Chicago compare north, south, west
  2. 2  (also East) the eastern part of a country, region or city I was born in the East, but now live in San Francisco.
  3. 3  the East the countries of Asia, especially China, Japan and India
  4. 4the East (in the past) the Communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe East-West relations
  5. Word OriginOld English ēast-, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch oost and German ost, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin aurora, Greek auōs ‘dawn’.
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