Definition of Oriental

1. Noun. A member of an Oriental race; the term is regarded as offensive by Asians (especially by Asian Americans).




2. Adjective. Denoting or characteristic of countries of Asia. "Oriental civilization"
Similar to: Eastern
Derivative terms: Orient

Definition of Oriental

1. a. Of or pertaining to the orient or east; eastern; concerned with the East or Orientalism; -- opposed to occidental; as, Oriental countries.

2. n. A native or inhabitant of the Orient or some Eastern part of the world; an Asiatic.

Definition of Oriental

1. Adjective. In, of or otherwise related to the Orient. ¹

2. Adjective. Or, like or otherwise relating to the Oriental people and culture. ¹

3. Adjective. Of or relating to the biogeographic part of Asia south of the Himalayas, including part of the Malay archipelago. ¹

4. Noun. A member or descendant of the peoples and cultures of the Orient. ¹

5. Noun. A lily cultivar of a widely varied group, with strong scent. ¹

6. Adjective. eastern, of the east, of or relating to the Orient especially Asiatic, but most commonly to the Far East. ¹

7. Adjective. ''(zoölogy), capitalized:'' a zoögeographical region of southeast Asia. ¹

8. Adjective. of orient pearls, relating to orient lustre in a pearl ¹

9. Noun. '''Oriental''' (capitalized) native of the East, or Asiatic, native, resident of the Orient ¹

10. Noun. A person from the Orient, or with ancestry from the Orient. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Oriental

1. an inhabitant of an eastern country [n -S]

Medical Definition of Oriental

1. 1. A native or inhabitant of the Orient or some Eastern part of the world; an Asiatic. 2. Eastern Christians of the Greek rite. Of or pertaining to the orient or east; eastern; concerned with the East or Orientalism; opposed to occidental; as, Oriental countries. "The sun's ascendant and oriental radiations." (Sir T. Browne) Origin: L. Orientalis: cf. F. Oriental. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Oriental

orichalch
orichalchum
orichalcs
orichalcum
orichas
orickite
oriel
oriel window
orielled
oriels
oriencies
oriency
orient
orientability
orientable
oriental (current term)
oriental alabaster
oriental bittersweet
oriental bush cherry
oriental cherry
oriental cholangio-hepatitis
oriental cockroach
oriental food
oriental person
oriental plane
oriental poppy
oriental roach
oriental spruce
oriental sweetgum
oriental turtle dove

Literary usage of Oriental

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1896)
"BOUNDARIES OF THE oriental REGION. THE oriental is the smallest of the six regions into which the Earth has been divided for the study of zoological ..."

2. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"... oriental Series. Mediaeval Researches from Eastern Asiatic Sources: Fragments towards the Knowledge of the Geography and History of Central and Western ..."

3. Publications by Oxford Historical Society, Bostonian Society (1895)
"It was different with the large accessions of oriental MSS. which were added ... oriental MSS., 800/1. ; for carriage of the said bookes to the Library and ..."

4. Annual Report (1906)
"oriental RUGS AND RUG WEAVING Following Professor Dow came Charles Q. Jones, of Indianapolis, Ind., who gave an extemporaneous talk on "oriental Rugs and ..."

5. The Innocents Abroad, Or, The New Pilgrims' Progress: Being Some Account of by Mark Twain (1870)
"oriental scenes look best in steel engravings. I can not be imposed upon any more by that picture of the Queen of Sheba visiting Solomon. ..."

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