Down East

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Down East

also down East  (doun ēst′)
The coastal regions of Maine. Historically the term has sometimes been applied to all of New England.

Down East′er, down-East′er (-ē′stər) n.
Down East′ern adj.

Down′ East′


adv. (often l.c.)
1. in or to New England.
2. in or to the state of Maine.
3. in or to the Maritime Provinces.
n.
5. the state of Maine.
6. the Maritime Provinces.
[1810–20, Amer.]
down`-east′er, Down′-East′er, n.
References in classic literature ?
When the proper time arrives, all that the gentleman intended, and all that he did not intend, will be brought to light, in the "Dial," or the "Down-Easter," together with all that he ought to have intended, and the rest that he clearly meant to intend: -- so that it will all come very straight in the end.
Wyeth and a band of "down-easters" Yankee enterprise Fitzpatrick His adventure with the Blackfeet A rendezvous of mountaineers The battle of Pierre's Hole An Indian ambuscade Sublette's return
This was a party of regular "down-easters," that is to say, people of New England, who, with the all-penetrating and all-pervading spirit of their race, were now pushing their way into a new field of enterprise with which they were totally unacquainted.
Outsiders tend to base their notions on books, movies and television, and in all three, the down-easters of Maine are portrayed as good-natured bumpkins, stoically and stubbornly sticking to their forefathers' ways, and answering questions from strangers with "Ayuh'' or "Nope'' or similarly monosyllabic constructions.
Highly regarded for its sympathetic yet unsentimental portrayal of the town of Dunnet Landing and its residents, this episodic book is narrated by a nameless summer visitor who relates the life stories of various inhabitants, capturing the idiomatic language, customs, mannerisms, and humor peculiar to Down-Easters. Among the villagers are the narrator's landlady, Mrs.