Meaning of EAST in English


East BrE AmE noun

1 . the East

a) the countries in Asia, especially China and Japan:

Martial arts originated in the East.

b) the countries in the eastern part of Europe and Central Asia:

American relations with the East.

c) American English the part of the US east of the Mississippi River, especially the states north of Washington DC:

She was born in the East but now lives in Atlanta.

He was born in Utah but went to college back East.

2 . East-West relations/trade etc political relations etc between countries in eastern Europe and those in western Europe and North America

⇨ Far East

, Middle East

, Near East

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.