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

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