the countries in Asia, especially China and Japan:
Martial arts originated in the East.
the countries in the eastern part of Europe and Central Asia:
American relations with the East.
c) American EnglishSG
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.
political relations etc between countries in eastern Europe and those in western Europe and North America
[↪ Far East, Middle East, Near East]