WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
down-east•er (doun′ē′stər),USA pronunciation n.
- a full-rigged ship built in New England in the late 19th century, usually of wood and relatively fast.
- Language Varieties, Place Namesa native or inhabitant of Maine.
- Place Names, Language Varietiesa native or inhabitant of New England.
- Canada, Language Varieties, British Termsa native or resident of the Maritime Provinces.
- 1810–20, American. down East + -er1